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Portaferry RNLI part of multiservice rescue to aid of man who fell from cliff

Lifeboats News Release

Today (Tuesday 27 December 2016) a crew of RNLI volunteers from the Portaferry Lifeboat Station went to the aid of a man, who had fallen down a cliff onto rocks at Ardglass on the County Down coast.

Rescue team taking casualty up cliff face


Rescue team taking casualty up cliff face

The launch request was received from the Coastguard at 2.47pm and the Portaferry RNLI Lifeboat, an inshore Atlantic 85, launched at 2.55pm

The Portaferry RNLI volunteer crew were part of a multi service response which included then Northern Ireland Fire Service Specialist Rescue Team, Coastguard units from Portaferry, Newcastle and Kilkeel, The PSNI, the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service and Rescue 936, the Coastguard helicopter from Carnarvon in Wales.

The volunteer crew from Portaferry RNLI arrived on scene at 3.17pm. One of the crew members went ashore to offer assistance to the other members of the emergency services already attending the casualty. The decision was taken to bring the casualty to the top of the cliff, where a landing area had been prepared for Rescue Helicopter 936.

The volunteer crew from Portaferry RNLI remained on scene while the casualty was brought up to be taken to hospital on board the helicopter. The volunteer crew from Portaferry RNLI departed the scene at 4.10pm, returning to station.


RNLI media contacts

For more information please contact Bernard Roddy, Portaferry RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer at or telephone 07717318003, or Nuala McAloon, RNLI Press Officer Ireland on 00353876483547, email or Niamh Stephenson, RNLI Public Relations Manager Ireland on 00 353 87 1254 124 or

File photo of Portaferry RNLI lifeboat


File photo of Portaferry RNLI lifeboat

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