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Bangor RNLI called to assist in rescue of woman after fall from coastal path

Lifeboats News Release

Bangor RNLI’s volunteer lifeboat crew were called out this afternoon (Tuesday 7 June) to assist in the rescue a woman who had fallen from the coastal path at Ballyholme Esplanade onto the rocky beach below.

It is believed to have occurred when the dog she was walking pulled on its lead and she over-balanced and fell more than two metres to the rocky beach below. Bangor RNLI relief lifeboat Tabby Cat was launched at 2:20pm and arrived on the scene in Ballyholme Bay where the Ambulance Service paramedics were treating the woman.  They were later joined by the Fire Service and coastguard, who waited on standby in case their services were needed.

After the paramedics had stabilised the woman on the beach and were happy that she could be lifted, the decision was made to move her on a stretcher onto the lifeboat, and take her to the jetty at Ballyholme Yacht Club, as this was considered safer than attempting the steps at the Esplanade.  At the Yacht Club, the casualty was lifted up the jetty to the waiting ambulance and taken to the Ulster Hospital.

Micky McKenna, Bangor RNLI Helm said “The crew and I are delighted to have been able to assist this woman, and we wish her well with her recovery.”

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