Rescue 115 airlifts swimmers to hospital in Kerry

Rescue 115 airlifts swimmers to hospital in Kerry


Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015
  Rescue 115 airlifted the pair to Tralee General Hospital – File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015

The Shannon based Irish Coast Guard helicopter has airlifted two teenagers hospital after they were cut off by rough seas in Co Kerry this afternoon.

The alarm was raised shortly before 4.00pm when the Irish Coast Guard received a report of a person in difficulty at Nunn’s Beach near Ballybunnion.

The Ballybunnion unit of the Irish Coast Guard along with the local community rescue boat were launched while the Shannon based search and rescue helicopter, Rescue 115, was also alerted.

On arrival on scene, volunteer rescue teams located two 15-year-olds trapped on a rock. The pair had been part of a group of six who had been swimming in the area.

Four of the group managed to make it ashore safely while two others were left battling sea swells of over 2 metres.

The pair were recovered and taken on board a rescue boat. They were assessed by first responders and found to be hypothermic while they had also suffered cuts and bruises.

At 5.07pm, the pair were taken on board Rescue 115 and airlifted to Tralee General Hospital for treatment. The helicopter touched down at the hospital just four minutes after leaving the scene.

Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.