Pair taken to hospital after falling from pier

One man was taken to hospital by air ambulance and another by road on Saturday after they fell from an old pier near Cairnryan.

The men, aged 35 and 48, are not thought to have been local and had been fishing off the military pier which remains in regular by fishermen and youngsters despite warning signs on the structure.

HM Coastguard was called at around 3.5opm and responded by launching the Stranraer RNLI Lifeboat.

Crews found the two clinging onto the pier’s structures, struggling against the choppy waters.

Coastguard, Police and ambulance were already in attendance and the lifeboat was manoeuvred under the pier where it managed to get close enough to pull the men to safety.

They were taken to the waiting ambulance on shore before one of the men was taken from the scene by air ambulance to the Southern General hospital in Glasgow for further treatment. The other man was taken by road to Galloway Community hospital in Stranraer.

The nephew of one of the men praised the Stranraer Lifeboat crew after saying it was “an horrific day” and one he’d never forget.

Alex Hogg said his uncle was just two feet from safety, clinging to the pier struts but started to be pulle d under the water when the second man, mr Hogg’s dad, swam to his brother’s aid before crews arrived.

He added that he hoped the pier gets demolished as he didn’t want anyone else to go through what the family did.