Northern Ireland

Man hurt after Derry bonfire fall

Larne man John Steele died after falling from a bonfire in Larne, Co Antrim, last year
Larne man John Steele died after falling from a bonfire in Larne, Co Antrim, last year Larne man John Steele died after falling from a bonfire in Larne, Co Antrim, last year

A man has been injured after falling from a bonfire in Derry.

The victim, who is aged in his 20s, was treated in hospital after falling from a bonfire at Sperrin Park in the Waterside area on Friday in what has been described as a "freak accident".

Initially taken to Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry he was later transferred to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast.

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It has been reported that a fundraising appeal has been established to support the man’s family with the costs of travelling to and from Belfast.

The Sperrin Park pyre was built to mark the annual Apprentice Boys’ Relief of Derry commemoration, which took place on Saturday.

Several other bonfires were lit in mainly unionist areas of Derry at the weekend.

The accident is the latest to take place at unionist bonfires in recent years.

A man suffered serious injuries when he fell from an Eleventh night bonfire in Newtownards, County Down, last month.

Larne man John Steele (36) lost his life while building a pyre in the Antiville area of Larne,  Co Antrim, last year.