Elderly man hospitalised after fall from cliff on to blue flag beach
Published 31/03/2016 | 07:20
A man in his 70s is in hospital after falling from a cliff on to a popular Irish blue flag beach
A walking companion raised the alarm when the incident occurred at Whiterocks beach in Portrush, County Antrim around 1pm yesterday.
A senior RNLI lifeguard and a paramedic administered "casualty care to the conscious man".
RNLI Lifeguard Supervisor Karl O’Neill said: "This incident was quite a challenging one to respond to due to the nature and location of the fall.
"Thankfully the man was conscious but we did not want to risk any further discomfort or injury by moving him ourselves. I would like to thank members of Coleraine Coastguard for their assistance."
The RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) said it had called on the assistance of Coleraine coastguard due to "an incoming tide and a difficult location".
The Coastguard has urged people to "stay on designated paths".