Rescue 115 airlifts five to safety

Rescue 115 airlifts five to safety


Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015
File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015

Five people were rescued from a ledge on the Kerry cost on Monday afternoon by the crew of Rescue 115.

The group became stranded on the shoreline at Leck Point north of Ballybunion at around 4.00pm. The volunteer Ballybunion Rescue unit attempted to reach the five but were unable to do so.

RNLI lifeboat’s from Kilrush in Clare and Fenit Co Kerry were alerted and sent to the scene to assist.

Photo: © Pat Flynn 2016
The Kilrush and Fenit RNLI lifeboats were tasked to the incident – File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2016

The Shannon based Irish Coast Guard search and rescue helicopter, Rescue 115, made its way to the area from Galway where it had been on another mission while Rescue 117, based at Waterford Airport, was also alerted and requested to assist.

The area where the five were stranded could not be reached by boat so they had to be winched from the scene. It’s understood that all five were well equipped and had radios and flares.

The crew of Rescue 115 airlifted each casualty from the ledge and dropped them in a safe location above the cliff.

All were said to be unharmed and did not require medical attention. All crews were stood down shortly after 5.00pm.

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.