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The Irish Coastguard helicopter at Fair Head, near Ballycastle, after rescuing two climbers

The Irish Coastguard helicopter at Fair Head, near Ballycastle, after rescuing two climbers

The Irish Coastguard helicopter at Fair Head, near Ballycastle, after rescuing two climbers

Two climbers were seriously injured yesterday after falling up to 50m at Fair Head, near Ballycastle in Co Antrim.

In a difficult rescue, the two men were winched to safety from the cliffs - widely regarded as Ireland's finest climbing crag - by an Irish Coastguard helicopter and flown to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast.

Coastguard teams used rope rescue techniques to stretcher the casualties off the cliff face.

The two men are believed to have suffered broken bones, friction burns and chest injuries.It is understood they were both on the same rope when the accident happened - but that the rope stopped them hitting the ground.

Last night, the two climbers were said to be in a stable condition.

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