Published Thursday, 19 December 2013
Fire crews cut the man free amid rough weather conditions. (© Pacemaker)
The victim, aged in his 50s, suffered the injuries to his neck after tripping and falling in the Botanic Avenue area of the city on Wednesday evening.
Fire and ambulance crews were called to the scene and helped rescue the man.
He was sedated and cut free before being taken to the Royal Victoria Hospital where he is receiving treatment. His condition has been described as critical but stable.
It is not yet known how the man fell but it is thought the stormy weather conditions may have played a part in what happened.
Station Commander Gerry Lennon of the NIFRS said: "The man had tripped over and managed to impale himself right through the neck area on a four-foot railing.
"We worked closely with our colleagues in the Ambulance Service including a trauma doctor who sedated the man then we managed to free him using hydraulic cutting equipment.
"He was then taken to hospital for treatment on his injuries."
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