Rope teams drafted in to forest to move mountain biker who suffered multiple fractures

Ballycastle and Coleraine Coastguard Rescue teams were called alongside North West Mountain Rescue Team to a mountain biker who came off his bike in Ballycastle Forest on a steep slope. Rope rescue teams were deployed and the casualty was brought to a waiting ambulance at the bottom by rope teams. PIC MATT STEELE/MCAULEY MULTIMEDIA

ROPE teams were deployed to a forest to move a mountain biker who had suffered multiple fractures.

Ballycastle and Coleraine Coastguard Rescue teams were called alongside North West Mountain Rescue Team to the biker who came off his bike in Ballycastle Forest on a steep slope.

Rope rescue teams were deployed and the man was brought to a waiting ambulance at the bottom by rope teams.

The North West Mountain Rescue Team said they received a call-out at 12.25pm on Saturday.

A spokesperson said: “At 12.25hrs the team were tasked by the PSNI to assist a mountain biker who had sustained a lower leg injury in Ballycastle Forest.

“The team responded and on arrival assisted NIAS, who also had been tasked to the incident. Also on scene were Ballycastle Coast Guard Cliff rescue team who set up a rigging system to aid the lowering of the stretcher as the evacuation route was down very steep ground. The casualty was transferred to the awaiting NIAS ambulance for further care.

“We wish the individual a speedy recovery.

“Thanks to Northern Ireland Ambulance Service, Coleraine Coastguard and the Police Service of Northern Ireland for their assistance.”

The injured man, Richard McCloy, who is understood be from the north coast area, went onto the Mountain Rescue Team’s Facebook page to say thanks.

He wrote: “Thanks guys for the work today to help me out. Was so happy to see yous arrive. Thank you so so much and I will see yous again when I am back on my 2 feet.

“Result was 3 breaks in my lower leg and a dislocated ankle. They got my ankle straight again, and I’m now waiting for surgery on it to put metal plates in. Thanks again to everyone involved. Great work.”

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