31/08/2010

Boy Critical After Being Hit By A Speedboat

A six-year-old boy is fighting for his life after being hit by a speedboat last night.

The incident happened just before 5.00pm at Cranfield Bay near Kilkeel.

The child was given first aid on the beach by a lifeguard and a doctor who happened to be on scene.

He was taken to Daisy Hill hospital but was later transferred to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast and is understood to have serious head injuries.

Alan Pritchard, Watch Manager at Belfast Coastguard said: "Seemingly the child was on their knees on a wake board being towed by a boat when another power boat came from the beach and across the towed board carrying the child. We are working closely with Newry Police to establish all the facts. We do not have any further information on the condition of the child."

(CD/KMcA)


Related Northern Ireland News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

07 August 2019
Three New Leisure Centres To Open In Belfast
A number of senior appointments have been made as preparations continue for the opening of three new council funded leisure centres in Belfast. The Brook, Andersonstown and Lisnasharragh Leisure Centres will open under the 'Better' brand name early next year, expanding the provision of social enterprise GLL across the city.
16 August 2019
'Difficult Winter For Many' As Power NI Ups Prices
An SDLP councillor has warned that low income families will be forced into fuel poverty due to a price hike introduced by Power NI. The energy provider will impose the 6% increase from the beginning of October, meaning the typical household customer can expect to be charged an extra £35 a year.
08 August 2019
Game Of Thrones Belfast Exhibition Extended
It's good news for fans who aren't quite ready to let go of Game of Thrones just yet as the popular touring exhibition extends its stay in Belfast. Almost three months since we bid farewell to the world of Westeros, a must-see list featuring some of the most poignant props from the series has been released for the final month.
07 August 2019
Record Crowds Expected To Attend Belfast Mela
A celebration of Northern Ireland's cultural diversity, the 13th Belfast Mela is set to attract record crowds. The festival was launched yesterday by Lord Mayor of Belfast John Finucane and promises to be a wonderful family day out with a variety of world foods, music and dance showcased in Botanic Gardens on Sunday 25 August.
22 August 2019
Kids Can Swim For £1 Across Belfast
Kids can swim for just £1 in leisure centres across Belfast for the next ten days as the council launches a new Aquatics Strategy. A range of ambitious targets for increased swimming participation over the next decade were announced at Olympia Leisure Centre on Wednesday.