Northern Ireland

Tollymore Forest: Injured horse rider airlifted to hospital

Rescue workers standing near a helicopter Image copyright MOurne Mountain Rescue Team
Image caption Local emergency services were unable to locate the injured woman

A woman is recovering after she was airlifted to Daisy Hill Hospital, Newry, following a horse riding accident on Sunday.

Mourne Mountain Rescue Team were called at 13:35 GMT after emergency services were unable to locate the woman in Tollymore Forest, near Newcastle.

An Irish coastguard helicopter was called in due to the nature of the woman's injuries and her location.

She was treated for head, neck and back injuries.

Image copyright Matthew McArdle
Image caption Photos of the Irish coastguard's R116 helicopter were taken by nine-year-old Mattew McArdle

More than 20 people from the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service, the police and coastguard and forest service staff assisted in the rescue operation.

Mourne Mountain Rescue Team posted details of the rescue on its Facebook page on Sunday.

Image copyright Matthew McArdle
Image caption The Irish coastguard's R116 helicopter

Nine-year-old Matthew McArdle from Newry took photos of the rescue operation.

Image copyright Matthew McArdle
Image caption The woman is in a stable condition after the incident