Watch this climber get rescued from the side of a cliff in gale-force winds

This daredevil night-time climber was caught in a bit of a sticky situation when he was trapped during a force nine gale on the side of a cliff.

Luckily, the Coastguard was on hand to rescue him – and they have the footage to prove it.

The helicopter video captured the efforts of two Coastguard teams as they helped a climber stuck on a rocky crag on a cliff face at Fair Head, near Ballycastle, Northern Ireland, on Tuesday night.

Ballycastle and Coleraine Coastguard rescue teams and Red Bay RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat attended the scene along with the UK Coastguard search and rescue helicopter based at Prestwick.

The cliffs in Ballycastle (Niall Carson/PA)

Daniel McAuley, station officer for Ballycastle Coastguard Rescue Team, said: “Two climbers had started climbing the cliff at around 5pm and when the winds started to pick up, the position of the ropes they were using for support moved.

“Luckily, one of the climbers managed to get to the top and raise the alarm at a local farmhouse nearby.”

The people in the farmhouse quickly alerted someone in the local Coastguard team, who then rang on to the Belfast Coastguard Operations Centre.


It was by no means an easy operation. McAuley says: “A combination of working in darkness, the instability of the cliff edge and the 44 knot winds meant that we had to set up 30 metres away from the edge of the cliff to make sure the equipment was secure.

“We were very grateful to the Belfast Coastguard Operations Centre for co-ordinating the response and for the Coastguard helicopter and the RNLI lifeboat, who shone their lights on the climber and our operations so we could work safely.

“Without their vital support, our jobs would have been made all the more difficult.”

Luckily, the climber didn’t need any medical attention when he was rescued – although we imagine he was due a cup of tea and a hug after that ordeal.


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