A 19-year-old man is in a critical condition in hospital after he fell while taking pictures of the snowfalls in Cork yesterday afternoon.

The incident happened at around 3.30pm when the man was out walking with his father in Mayfield.

He was on a low wall that surrounds playing fields close to the Lotabeg Estate, when he slipped and fell. 

He suffered what is being described as a serious, life-changing neck injury.

The man was attended to at the scene by ambulance paramedics and by personnel from Cork City Fire Service, before he was taken to Cork University Hospital.

It is understood his condition there this morning is critical.

The man’s father was also taken to hospital after he collapsed at the scene. He is expected to make a full recovery.

Both men are from the area.