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Father (70s) and son (40s) injured after helicopter crashes in Co Louth

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Inset: Images from the helicopter that crashed in the Cooley mountains in Co Louth

Inset: Images from the helicopter that crashed in the Cooley mountains in Co Louth

Gardai investigate a helicopter crash in Carlingford Co Louth where a man in his seventies and another in his forties have been taken to hospital. Photo: Arthur Carron

Gardai investigate a helicopter crash in Carlingford Co Louth where a man in his seventies and another in his forties have been taken to hospital. Photo: Arthur Carron

Gardai investigate a helicopter crash in Carlingford Co Louth where a man in his seventies and another in his forties have been taken to hospital. Photo: Arthur Carron

Gardai investigate a helicopter crash in Carlingford Co Louth where a man in his seventies and another in his forties have been taken to hospital. Photo: Arthur Carron

Scene of the helicopter crash in the Cooley Mountains. Photo: Ciara Wilkinson

Scene of the helicopter crash in the Cooley Mountains. Photo: Ciara Wilkinson

Debris in the bushes at the scene of the helicopter crash in the Cooley Mountains. Photo: Ciara Wilkinson

Debris in the bushes at the scene of the helicopter crash in the Cooley Mountains. Photo: Ciara Wilkinson

Irish Coast Guard helicopter. Stock picture

Irish Coast Guard helicopter. Stock picture

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Inset: Images from the helicopter that crashed in the Cooley mountains in Co Louth

A father and son have been injured after a helicopter crashed into the Cooley mountains in Co Louth this evening.

The father (71) was airlifted to Beaumont Hospital by the Irish Coastguards at approximately 5pm.

He is believed to be in a serious condition.

The son (40s) was brought by road to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda where he is receiving treatment.

The crash occurred less than a kilometre south of Carlingford at the foot of Top Hill.

Emergency services including the fire brigade, Doonore Coastguard Unit and an ambulance crew attended the crash.

A garda spokeswoman said: "GardaĆ­ at Dundalk along with other emergency services attended the scene of a helicopter crash at Top Hill, Carlingford, Louth this evening.

"A helicopter crash landed in a garden at the foot of Top Hill. The pilot and passenger (both men, early 70s and mid 40s) were removed from the scene.

"One man was airlifted to Beaumont Hospital and is in a serious condition and the second man was taken to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda.

"The Air Navigation Investigation Unit have been notified. Investigations are continuing."

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