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Sunday 4 December 2016

Watch: RTE journalist narrowly escapes injury as equipment falls during live report

RTE reporter Caitriona Perry was almost struck by lighting material while reporting live on air.

The Washington correspondent was in the middle of delivering a report from New York back to studio during the Nine O’Clock news broadcast when there was a sudden noise and a black image flashed across the scene.

“Sorry, we have a bit of an issue here, you may want to come back to me ... ” the slightly-flustered reporter told host Eileen Dunne back in Montrose, and the live link ended at that point.

RTE returned to New York and to Ms Perry a short time later, with Ms Dunne introducing the piece by saying, “the wind was interfering with your equipment there”.

It emerged that her report had been interrupted after a lighting stand toppled and fell near her.

RTE journalist Caitriona Perry narrowly escaped injury as equipment fell
RTE journalist Caitriona Perry narrowly escaped injury as equipment fell

Later Caitriona took to Twitter to thank viewers for their patience and support after the minor incident..

“Thanks @rtenews audience for kind messages,” Caitriona tweeted.

“I am fine. Takes more than a flying reflector shield & lightstands to take me down. #livetv

The report, which followed the annual UN General Assembly, resumed later in the broadcast.

RTE journalist Caitriona Perry narrowly escaped injury as equipment fell
RTE journalist Caitriona Perry narrowly escaped injury as equipment fell

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