A drama unfolded in Ardglass late on Monday evening (29 July) as a man was injured after falling over a harbour wall.
The man believed to be in his thirties was reported to have been involved in an altercation with a relative and to avoid him jumped over the wall. Local neighbours were shocked at the incident taking place.
The incident happened close to the entrance to the Seaview estate in the village 100 yards up the Strangford Road.
The man was arguing with another and ran at the wall and went over said a local witness while his mother watched horrified from a car. He fell around fifteen feet onto rocks and was knocked unconscious. Three youths were quickly on the scene and turned him into the unconscious position when he started to convulse when he came round. The other man involved headed off up the Strangford Road away from the scene. The condition of the man is not known at this stage but his injuries are not expected to be life threatening.
The ambulance was called and within 15 minutes the rapid response ambulance car had arrived and a GP was soon attending the injured man. Another ambulance vehicle arrived again 15 minutes later. By this time a fire tender from the Downpatrick Fire Station and a Special Response vehicle from the Newcastle Fire Station also attended the incident. 13 firemen were involved in total. Two police cars were also on the scene. The Strangford Road was blocked to traffic for a short time.
The ambulance team with the GP managed to get the injured man to the ambulance and he was taken to the Royal Victoria Hospital for medical attention.
One of the youths who attended to the man said that “he was unconscious to begin with, then he started to convulse so we put him into position so he would not choke. He seemed to have an arm injury. He came round, then the doctor arrived. Hopefully he will be ok after his hospital treatment. He seemed to be running away to avoid the other man.”
The ambulance took the injured man to the Royal Victoria Hospital for attention.
Fortunately, the tide was out and the area the man landed on was not covered in water.
Down News will post an update when it is received from the PSNI.