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Man rescued after falling from rocks on Isle of Iona

A combined rescue operation has been carried out on the Isle of Iona after a man was badly hurt falling from rocks.

The alarm was raised after the man was found on rocks near Port Ban beach at about 18:10 on Tuesday. He is thought to have lain there for about two hours.

Fire crews attended and administered first aid before HM Coastguard and the Scottish Air Ambulance attended.

The man was flown to hospital on the mainland. He was treated for a head injury and body pain.

Oxygen therapy

A spokesman for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said: "We received a 999 call at 6:10pm reporting a man had fallen on rocks near Port Ban.

"Iona's fire and rescue crew was immediately mobilised and they reached the scene around 12 minutes later.

"The firefighters began to assist the casualty, who was lying on the beach but positioned above the high tide mark.

The spokesman continued: "He had sustained a head injury, was experiencing lower body pain and had been in the open for around two hours - so the firefighters provided oxygen therapy and attempted to shelter him from the weather conditions.

"Our crew was joined at the scene by a team from HM Coastguard and the Scottish Air Ambulance.

The heli-med crew assumed the medical lead and the casualty was flown to hospital."

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