Belfast Telegraph

Woman who fell on Carrick-a-rede island rescued by helicopter

A Coastguard helicopter was called in to winch a woman to safety after she fell on Carrick-a-rede island.

Units from the Coastguard were called out to the scene at around 1pm on Wednesday afternoon.

On arrival it was decided that the woman should be airlifted off the island, with the Rescue 199 search and rescue helicopter called in from Prestwick in Scotland.

However, it did not manage to make it all the way to the North Coast, with the helicopter was diverted to help look for a missing diver north of the Scottish island of Jura.

Assistance was requested from the Irish Coastguard, who were able to respond with their Rescue 116 helicopter from Dublin.

The casualty was winched up from the island, and flown to Causeway Hospital in Coleraine.

In total the operation lasted two hours and thirty minutes.

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