Northern Ireland

Boy struck by boat at Cranfield beach critically ill

Cranfield beach
Image caption The accident happened on Cranfield beach

A six-year-old boy remains in a critical condition after being struck by a speedboat at Cranfield beach in County Down.

Stuart Wilson was on a wave board being towed by a boat, when the collision happened at about 1700 BST on Monday.

He suffered severe head injuries and was taken to Daisy Hill Hospital in Newry, before being transferred to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast.

In a statement his family asked people "to continue to pray for Stuart".

They thanked people for their support and prayers but also appealed for privacy.

It is understood the family are from the Rathfriland area. They were holidaying at the Shanlieve caravan park close to the beach.

John Lowry of the Coastguard said: "After the collision, from the information we have received, we were lucky that there was a doctor nearby.

"The doctor and a nurse and the lifeguard here from the council started first aid on the young boy.

"Then the ambulance arrived and he was removed to Daisy Hill."