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Tourists rescued after 25ft plunge into ravine in Northern Ireland

By David Young

An emergency rescue operation swung into action yesterday on the North Coast after a female tourist and her husband became trapped after falling 25ft into a ravine.

The Coastguard, Fire and Rescue Service and NI Ambulance personnel rushed to the scene near Layde Church outside Cushendall shortly after 4pm yesterday.

The Coastguard team involved in the difficult two-hour operation included cliff rescue specialists from Ballycastle, Larne and Coleraine.

With daylight almost gone, fire crews from Cushendall, Ballymena and Carnlough were also called in to the incident.

It is understood the tourist initially fell about 10 feet down a grassy slope, but then suffered another fall of around 15 feet.

Her husband entered the ravine to help her, but he too got into difficulties.

A third member of their party then raised the alarm.

Rope rescue equipment was set up and the Coastguard rescue teams brought the woman back up and handed her over to the ambulance crew for assessment and treatment, according to Fire Service group commander Archie McKay.

A Coastguard spokesman said the woman had suffered injuries to her face and hands, and had been taken to Antrim Area Hospital for treatment.

Connor Lawson, senior maritime operations officer with HM Coastguard at Belfast Coastguard Operations Centre, said: "This was a particularly tricky rescue and shows just why our Coastguard rescue teams have to be trained in rope rescue."

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