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Man airlifted to hospital after serious fall on Mourne Mountains

The man remains in a critical condition today.

Image: Mourne Mountain Rescue Team via Facebook

A MAN HAS suffered serious injuries, after a fall in the Annalong Valley of the Mourne Mountains yesterday.

The Mourne Mountain Rescue Team responded to a call yesterday afternoon and found the man at “the base of an area known as the water slabs” in the valley of the Co Down mountain range.

A total of 18 members of the rescue team attended to the man, who was treated for multiple injuries to the head, neck and chest.

It is believed that he may have fallen at least 20 metres.

Martin Mullan, coordinator for the rescue team, told the BBC: “He was coming near the top of the area which is very slippery and quite challenging.

It seems that he lost his footing at the top and then slid down part of the water slabs and started to tumble before he came to rest at the bottom.

A request was put in to airlift him to hospital, and an Irish Coast Guard helicopter set off from Dublin to attend the scene.

The hazardous area response team of the Northern Irish Ambulance Service also assisted in the operation.

The man’s condition remains critical in Belfast’s Royal Victoria Hospital.

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