Joggers say student blown off Irish cliff 'very lucky girl'

Rescue operation underway at Cavehill
Rescue operation underway at Cavehill

Two joggers who found a German student blown from a cliff in Northern Ireland have said that she is a "very lucky girl".

The 20-year-old Queen's University student said she had fallen at around 3pm on Tuesday.

She lay injured on the cliff face for around 25 hours before she was found by joggers David McCrum and Richard Lamont.

They were running on Cavehill the next day when they found a handbag. When they returned to the scene and found a coat and a hat they became increasingly worried. 

David McCrum told the BBC: "I looked down to see roughly where she fell and I heard a voice saying 'hello'.

"I came across her and couldn't believe it.

"I was amazed, it was unbelievable."

                                                                                   Search and Rescue attend the scene 

He added: "I had a connection there, whenever I was looking at her face and into her eyes, looking at someone that was gripping to life.

"It was touching, all sorts of emotions were going through my head.

"She was in a hole which, I imagine, saved her life as that kept her from going into hypothermia.

"She said a gust of wind took her. The cold air was passing over the top, she was a very lucky girl."

The woman was airlifted to hospital where she being treated for injuries and is said to be stable.