Thursday 22 February 2018

Teenage boy (13) dies following motocross crash

Police officers race to the scene
Police officers race to the scene

David Young

A 13-year-old boy has died from his injuries following a motorbike accident on the north coast.

Two helicopters were sent to the incident at the motocross track at Bellarena near Limavady yesterday afternoon. A HM Coastguard helicopter from Prestwick and an Irish Coastguard chopper from Sligo attended the scene, as did the PSNI.

The injured child was flown to Altnagelvin Area Hospital for emergency treatment but died in hospital on Friday.

CPR was administered at the scene, but the seriousness of the boy's injuries meant he required urgent hospital treatment.

A post on the Coleraine Coastguard Facebook page on Thursday said: “Coleraine Coastguard Rescue Team was tasked to prepare a landing site at Bellarena, following a report of a serious bike incident.

“The Coastguard Team assisted NIAS Paramedics and PSNI Officers, already on scene, with emergency first aid for a 13-year old boy.

“A landing site was prepared for the Irish Coast Guard Helicopter Rescue 118 which airlifted the injured teenager to Altnagelvin Hospital.

“UK Coastguard Helicopter Rescue 999 was also tasked.”

Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council said: "Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council was notified yesterday afternoon of a serious accident involving a young person at a Motocross premises in Magilligan. Officers from the Council attended the scene immediately and investigations into the circumstances of the accident are ongoing."

The PSNI said they investigating a sudden death on behalf of the coroner in relation to an incident.

Separately, a helicopter was also summoned to Banagher Forest near Dungiven yesterday, where a man had to be flown to Altnagelvin after he fractured his leg in a remote marshy area of the scenic forest.

Rescue teams were unable to reach the injured man to offer treatment and requested emergency airborne support, which was supplied by the coastguard helicopter operating out of Prestwick in Scotland.

The victim was last night receiving treatment in Altnagelvin, where his condition was described as serious, but not life-threatening.

A third rescue drama took place at Portrush, when the Irish Coastguard helicopter flew from Altnagelvin to take part in a sea search for a missing swimmer near the famous white rocks.

Fortunately, the swimmer involved was quickly located and the rescue operation was wound down.

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