Northern Ireland

Dunluce Castle: Man airlifted to hospital after 32 ft fall into cave on Antrim coast

Dunluce Castle Image copyright Kenneth Allen/Geograph
Image caption Dunluce Castle near Bushmills is one of Northern Ireland's most iconic historical monuments

A man is seriously ill in Belfast's Royal Victoria Hospital after he fell over 30 ft into a cave near Dunluce Castle, County Antrim.

He had been out walking on Sunday afternoon with his family along the coast when he stumbled and fell into the cave below.

The alarm was raised at about 16:40 BST.

A spokesman for the Coastguard said Portrush in-shore lifeboat was able to navigate into the cave and rescue him.

He was transferred to a larger lifeboat, then airlifted by helicopter to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast.

Ballycastle and Coleraine coastguard took part in the rescue.

Three other people - believed to be members of his family - were escorted to safety from the scene of the accident.

A spokesperson for Belfast Trust confirmed that the man was "seriously ill".

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