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Injured woman rescued from Divis Mountain after Facebook post

The woman was rescued from Divis Mountain on the edge of west Belfast
Andrew Madden

A WOMAN who suffered a suspected broken leg after a fall Divis Mountain was rescued after the alarm was raised on Facebook.

The coastguard received the report just before 11am on Saturday when another woman walking on the path near the aerial tower spotted the injured woman.

There was no phone signal so she used Facebook to send the request for help, posting photographs of the area so they could be located.

A police helicopter later found the pair and an ambulance was able to take them to hospital for treatment.

Coastguard operations manager Dawn Petrie said weather conditions made the task of finding finding the women difficult.

"Whenever we got the photograph through, there had been heavy rain, it was misty, it was cold, it was damp," she said.

"Fortunately that cloud actually cleared to allow the police helicopter to attempt to attend should the ambulance not have been able to reach them."

In January, a man had to be rescued after falling and injuring his ankle while walking in the area.

His dog alerted a member of the public, who then called emergency services.

Divis Mountain on the edge of west Belfast is a popular area for hikers, with a looped walking trail spanning three miles around its summit.

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