Killough: Painter rescued after getting stuck halfway up lighthouse

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image captionA specialist team rescued the man after about an hour and a half
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image captionThe man was painting the outside of the lighthouse
image captionThe man was suspended 50ft above the ground

A man has been taken to hospital after he got stuck halfway up the outside of a lighthouse in County Down.

The 50-year-old man had been painting the St Johns Point lighthouse near Killough and was suspended about 50ft (15m) above the ground.

He was rescued by a specialist rescue team from the Fire and Rescue Service and the Ambulance Service.

It is understood the man was suspended for about an hour and a half before he was freed.

The alarm was raised at around 10:05 GMT.

Fire appliances from Downpatrick, Newcastle and Ballynahinch were also at the scene.

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