Woman ‘stable’ after Islandmagee cliff rescue

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A woman who had to be rescued in an air and sea operation from a cliff in Co Antrim is now “stable” in hospital.

The rescue took place on Tuesday night on a cliff face near Islandmagee in east Antrim some time after 8.30pm.

Dawn Petrie from HM Coastguard in Bangor said they received a call from the Fire and Rescue Service around 8.40pm.

“They were responding to police for a person on the cliff’s edge at Islandmagee,” she said.

“We responded by sending Larne and Portmuck Coastguard rescue teams along with the lifeboat from Larne and the lifeboat from Bangor.

“They were able to search along the cliff area where they located the casualty.”

She said the rescue “wasn’t straightforward” so they tasked a helicopter from Scotland.

Ms Petrie said the casualty was stabilised by paramedics at the scene and taken to hospital.

She said it was believed the woman had been walking along the top coastal path when she got into difficulty.

“She was conscious throughout and was instrumental in directing the paramedics and the lifeboats as to where she was.”

A spokesman for the Royal Victoria Hospital said: “We can confirm she is in a stable condition.”