A young man is recovering in hospital after injuring his leg when he fell around 10 metres from cliffs onto a beach at Cobh in Co Cork this afternoon.

Emergency services were contacted just after 3pm today.

The man is understood to have been with school friends when the incident took place at cliffs east of the pilot station in Cobh.

He suffered a serious leg injury.

Crosshaven RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew launched to assist National Ambulance Service paramedics and fire service personnel from Cobh Fire Brigade.

The paramedics and fire service personnel were able to access and treat the man on the beach where he fell, but were unable to extract him from the scene.

The Crosshaven lifeboat was beached and took the man on board on a stretcher, along with two of the paramedics to allow for continuation of care.

All were transferred to Kennedy Quay in Cork city, where members of Cork City Fire Brigade assisted in transferring the man to a waiting ambulance. He was then brought to hospital for treatment.

Spokesman for Crosshaven RNLI, Jon Mathers, described the rescue operation as an example of good inter-agency co-operation between the National Ambulance Service, the fire services in Cobh and Cork City, the RNLI lifeboat crew from Crosshaven and the Port of Cork pilot launch.