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  • 16 June 2014, 18:36

Boy, 7, Dies After Ballycastle Cliff Fall

A seven-year-old boy has died after falling from cliffs at a caravan park at Ballycastle, Co Antrim.

Logan Crawford was taken to hospital by Royal Navy helicopter after he was found following an extensive search by rescue services.

Police were alerted after the boy went missing from the Silver Cliffs caravan park on Sunday evening after playing with friends.

Belfast Coastguard said: "We coordinated the search for a child who was missing near cliffs close to the Silvercliff Caravan Park at Ballycastle.

"The Ballycastle and Coleraine Coastguard Rescue Teams, a police helicopter, the Royal Navy rescue helicopter from Prestwick and the Portrush and Red Bay RNLI lifeboats all searched for the missing child.

"The child was found at the base of the cliffs and was taken by the Royal Navy helicopter to hospital."

Nationalist SDLP councillor Donal Cunningham said: "This is absolutely heartbreaking news."

A police spokesman said: "Shortly before 7.15pm, it was reported that the boy fell from a cliff into the sea.

"Northern Ireland Coastguard recovered the boy from the sea and he was airlifted to a nearby hospital, but later died as a result of his injuries.

"Inquiries are continuing."

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