Red Bay RNLI rescue injured climber after fall on Fair Head

Lifeboats News Release

Red Bay RNLI has rescued a woman who fell when climbing Fair Head in County Antrim this afternoon (Wednesday 12 July).

The volunteer lifeboat crew launched their inshore lifeboat at approximately 2pm following a request from Belfast Coastguard to go to the assistance of a climber who had fallen from Fair Head.

The shore based Ballycastle Coastguard rescue team also made their way to the scene while the Rescue 999 Coastguard helicopter from Prestwick was also tasked.

Weather conditions at the time were described as good with sunny weather and calm seas.

Once on scene, the lifeboat transferred two of its crew members who went ashore to assess the casualty who had sustained a leg injury. The crew then began to administer casualty care and worked to reassure the injured lady until the arrival of a paramedic from the rescue helicopter. The woman was airlifted to Belfast City Airport and transferred to the Royal Victoria Hospital for treatment.

Speaking following the call out, Paddy McLaughlin, Red Bay RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer said: ‘We would like to wish the woman a speedy recovery from her injury and thank our colleagues in the Coastguard who we worked with to bring her to safety.

‘As the summer continues, we want to encourage the public to enjoy everything the coast has to offer but we want them to come home safely. Fair Head is a popular spot for climbers but it is remotely located and can be challenging so walkers and hikers alike need to go prepared with the right clothing, equipment and training and take extreme care.

‘We would remind anyone planning a trip to or near the sea to respect the water and be wary of all edges around the sea. Always let someone know where you are going and when you expect to be back. Always carry a means of communication and should you get into difficulty use it to call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard.’


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