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Teenage boy taken to hospital after being found unresponsive on Crawfordsburn beach

The Northern Ireland Air Ambulance was called to a Co Down beach yesterday after a teenage boy was found unresponsive
Marie Louise McConville

A teenage boy was taken to hospital yesterday after being found "unconscious" on a Co Down beach.

Two ambulances and the Northern Ireland Air Ambulance, with a Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) team on board, was called to Crawfordsburn Forest Park at around 5.40pm following a report that a young man, believed to be aged around 17, had been found "unconscious" and "not breathing".

Following assessment and initial treatment, the young man was taken by ambulance to the Ulster Hospital.

An eyewitness told the Irish News that a large crowd of young people had gathered on the green near the beach in the sunshine during the day, some of whom had been drinking.

"The beach was buzzing," she said.

"There were sailing boats on the water. It was idylic. People were having picnics and BBQs.

"The air ambulance landed on the green scattering everybody".

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