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Emergency services rush to the scene after man falls down cliff in Glenarm

Coastguard rescue helicopter

Emergency services rushed to the scene of an incident in Glenarm on Thursday afternoon, 19th October, after it was reported that a man had fallen down a cliff in the Dickeystown Road area.

The alarm was raised when police in Glenarm received a report at 5pm. Shortly afterwards officers were joined by colleagues from Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS), and HM Coastguard teams from Larne and Portmuck.

Portmuck Coastguard rope rescue team

The HM Coastguard search and rescue helicopter from Prestwick was also sent to support.

NIFRS despatched one Appliance from Carnlough Fire Station, one from Larne Fire Station, and the Specialist Rescue Team from Central Fire Station to the scene. The crews assisted with what they said was a "water rescue incident", and rescued the casualty from an embankment using specialist equipment.

HM Coastguard rope rescue technicians recovered the man to the top of the cliff where he was handed into the care of the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service.

Portmuck Coastguard rope rescue team
Portmuck Coastguard rope rescue team

Teams were at the scene for around five hours, with the operation being dealt with by 10:19pm.


It was the second emergency tasking to the coastal village on Thursday. Earlier in the afternoon, crews rushed to the area after a woman was seen in the water. The woman was retrieved and transported to hospital but sadly died a short time later. (Story here)

It is understood the two incidents are not connected.


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