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Thursday 20 July 2017

Watch: Major rescue effort after cyclist falls 12 feet onto beach

Michael Sheils McNamee

A major rescue effort has taken place to help a cyclist who fell between 12 and 15 feet from near the Antrim Coast Road north of Ballygally.

The mutli-agency response involved rescue teams from Larne and Ballycastle Coastguards.

A volunteer crew launched two of their lifeboats a short time after 10am on Sunday after a call came in from a the Belfast Coastguard, the body responsible for coordinating rescue efforts across the province.

The crews were responding to a report that a cyclist had fallen down a steep slope half a mile north of Ballygally onto a rocky shore.

Members of the fire and rescue services and the ambulance services also attended the incident.

The cyclist was assessed at the scene by a doctor and a paramedic from the ambulance service and it was decided to transfer him along the coast via an inshore lifeboat.

Once the casualty reached Ballygally beach they were transferred to a team of coastguard and ambulance members that were waiting on the shore to attend to them.

Speaking after the incident, the Larne RNLI helm Pamela Leitch said: "Due to the nature of the cyclist’s fall, the position for extraction was challenging via land and the best decision was to remove him from the beach side.

"We would like to wish the cyclist a speedy recovery following what must have been a frightening experience for him. Today’s call out was a great example of different agencies working well together to bring someone to safety."

Belfast Telegraph

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