Coastguard rescues cyclist after 12ft fall on the Antrim Coast
A CYCLIST has been rescued after falling 12ft from his bicycle onto a beach on the Antrim coast.
The accident happened at around 10am yesterday morning on the Coast Road north of Ballygally.
Larne and Ballycastle Coastguard teams were called to the scene along with personnel from both the fire and rescue service and the ambulance service.
The man was then brought into the nearby Ballygally Harbour on a lifeboat, which was manned by a paramedic and a doctor.
An ambulance was waiting at the harbour and treated the man before he was taken to hospital.
The cyclist received injuries to his arm and head and is said to be in a stable condition.
Speaking following the call out, Larne RNLI helm Pamela Leitch said the area where the man fell made the operation difficult.
"Due to the nature of the cyclist's fall, the position for extraction was challenging via land and the best decision was to remove him from the beach side," she said.
"We would like to wish the cyclist a speedy recovery following what must have been a frightening experience for him.
"Today's call out was a great example of different agencies working well together to bring someone to safety."