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  • Writer's pictureLove Ballymena

Rescue operation mounted on Co Antrim coast

Updated: Apr 14, 2023

Coastguard rescue helicopter R199 in the night sky.

A multi-agency rescue operation was mounted on the County Antrim coast on Thursday evening, 13 April, after a person fell on rocks.

The alarm was raised around 8pm this evening when a person fell in the area of Murlough Bay near Ballycastle. Local coastguard rescue teams were tasked to the incident along with Northern Ireland Ambulance Service (NIAS) and Air Ambulance NI.

Due to the nature of the rescue Coastguard R199 helicopter was tasked to the scene from Prestwick in Scotland.

Coastguard helicopter R199 flew the casualty to Belfast City Airport where the person was handed into the care of the NIAS and transported onward to the Royal Victoria Hospital in the city.

A spokesperson for the Maritime & Coastguard Agency told Love Ballymena:

"HM Coastguard has been assisting with an incident at Murlough Bay this evening, 13th April, after receiving a report that a person had fallen on rocks.

"Coastguard Rescue Teams from Ballycastle and Coleraine, and the Coastguard Rescue helicopter from Prestwick were sent to help.

"The person was rescued by the Coastguard helicopter and passed into the care of Northern Ireland Ambulance Service."

The condition of the casualty is currently unknown.


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