A human chain of rescuers was formed to lift an injured woman off the Giant’s Causeway yesterday morning.
She had apparently fallen while on the main part of the causeway at around 8.40am, and suffered a suspected fracture to her leg.
The Coastguard estimated that between their own teams, the ambulance crew and the National Trust staff who found her, there were 26 personnel on the scene.
The woman, said to be in her 30s and from the Belfast area, was with two others when she was found by National Trust rangers who regularly go out to inspect the stones in the morning.
She was not close enough to the water to be in danger of being swept away, but there was the risk of hypothermia if she was left lying on the bare rocks for too long said Chris Little, station officer for Coleraine coastguard.
She was wrapped up warmly, put on a stretcher and carried off using a technique described by Mr Little as the “caterpillar”.
This involved passing the stretcher over lines of rescuers, with six at any given time holding on to it, in order to avoid falling once again on the uneven coastal rocks.
“It does mean that it’s very labour intensive,” he said.
“The stones are a beautiful natural resource, but they are an uneven surface. We’d advise anyone walking across them to take note of warning signs and wear appropriate footwear.”