Northern Ireland

Men rescued by helicopter from Fair Head cliffs

Fair Head cliffs
Image caption The men were rescued from Fair Head cliffs

Two men have been airlifted to hospital after getting into difficulty at Fair Head cliffs on the North Antrim coast.

The men, aged 46 and 52 were halfway up the rocks when one of them began to suffer from vertigo.

The other man called for help from his mobile phone at about 1550 GMT. The coastguard and RNLI were involved in the rescue.

Belfast Coastguard watch manager Steve Carson said that the men were out for a walk and became disorientated.

"Fortunately one of them had a phone on him and was able to get a signal to alert the emergency services.

"Do please check the weather before you set out and make sure you have sufficient supplies if planning an extended trip.

"For any emergencies on the cliffs, rocks beaches and seas around the Northern Ireland coastline please dial 999 and call the Coastguard."