Teen 'stable' after Co Down bridge fall

Published Sunday, 20 July 2014
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A teenager who fell from a bridge while camping in Newcastle is said to be in a stable condition in hospital.

Teen 'stable' after Co Down bridge fall
The man had to be winched to safety. (© Pacemaker)

The 19-year-old had to be rescued by the Irish Coastguard helicopter from Dublin after the fall from the Bloody Bridge.

It's thought the man was camping in the area when he fell 40 feet into shallow water.

He was winched to safety by the helicopter and taken to Daisy Hill Hosptial in Newry before he was transferred to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast.

Coastguard watch officer, Ryan Gray said the man was with a group of others when the incident happened at around 2.45am on Sunday morning.

The South Down Coastguard team, as well as Newcastle Lifeboat and the Mourne Mountain Rescue team were all involved in the rescue.

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4 Comments
jase in n.i. wrote (94 days ago):
I wouldnt give a hoot what country the heli was from if I was at great danger,the free state are our closest neighbours so it makes sense, RAF SAR often refuel down south whilst on task from wales etc, catch a grip its about saving lives! Ex IV RIR
Paul Baxter in Dromore Co. Down wrote (96 days ago):
well said Brian. Not only that the helicopter is from another country. The Irish Government also provided FREE helicopters during the bad snow were as the RAF charged for their helicopters. Something badly wrong here.
jase in n.i. wrote (96 days ago):
indeed well done, I remember visiting the RAF wessex SAR in omagh years ago and they then could perform taskings all around donegal and Sligo at that time whereas routine military flights couldnt! great cross border cooperation and great to see the irish coastguard doing a similar role today!
Brian in Belfast wrote (97 days ago):
The Irish Coastguard helicopter was used to rescue this young man. The british government should be ashamed of themselves for pulling the RAF rescue out of N.Ireland a number of years ago . The time it would take the helicopter to come from Dublin, this young could have died whereas a local helicopter could have reached him a lot quicker. Well done to the Irish Coastguard.
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