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.