Shannon helicopter crew in Cork rescue operation

Shannon helicopter crew in Cork rescue operation

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

The crew of the Shannon based Irish Coast Guard search and rescue helicopter have been involved in a major rescue operation in west Cork.

A fisherman has been airlifted to hospital after spending two hours trapped at the base of a cliff in Cork. The angler is understood to have fallen into the sea from rocks at Dursey Sound at around 11.45am.

Emergency services were alerted and the Shannon based search and rescue helicopter, Rescue 1-1-5 was sent to the scene. The Castletownbere, Derrynane and Ballinskelligs units of the Irish Coast Guard along with the Castletownbere RNLI lifeboat were also tasked to the incident.

The man managed to climb onto rocks but was unable to make it any further. He remained stranded at the base of the cliff for almost two hours.

Members of Castletownbere Coast Guard used climbing equipment to reach the casualty. With the help the helicopter winch-man, they were able to safely recover the casualty to the cliff top. 

The man was assessed and treated at the scene before being airlifted to Tralee General Hospital for treatment. He is reported to uninjured but suffering from hypothermia. His condition has been described as ‘stable’.

The rescue operation was mounted and coordinated by watch officers at the Irish Coast Guard marine rescue sub centre on Valentia Island in Kerry.

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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.

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