Northern Ireland

Child injured after falling off cliff at Castlerock

Boy rescued at Castlerock Image copyright Causeway Coastguard
Image caption Rescuers said it highlighted the need for 'caution near cliff edges and slopes'

A 12-year-old boy has sustained head and leg injuries after falling up to 20ft (6m) off a cliff along Northern Ireland's north coast.

It happened at Castlerock in County Londonderry at about 18:10 BST on Sunday.

Paramedics were called to the scene before Coastguard rescue teams from Coleraine and Ballycastle were able to lift the boy to safety from the rocks.

The boy was treated at the Causeway Hospital before being discharged.

Image caption The child fell on a cliff along Northern Ireland's north coast on Sunday evening

John McPoland of the Ambulance Service said: "We received reports that a 12-year-old male had fallen on to the rocks at the beach. We dispatched a rapid response paramedic and an accident and emergency crew.

"When they arrived and assessed the scene, we required the assistance of the coastguard also," Mr McPoland said.

"They attended the scene, took the young fella from the rocks and handed him over to the care of the paramedics."

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