Woman rescued from ledge 600ft over sea

Woman rescued from ledge 600ft over sea


Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

A woman has been airlifted to hospital after she was rescued from a narrow ledge 600ft (182m) above the sea in Co Clare this afternoon.

The South African tourist in her 20s was walking along a trail at the Cliffs of Moher with a friend at around 4.30pm when she lost her footing and fell onto a ledge below. The woman’s friend quickly raised the alarm.

The injured woman was left lying on a ledge just feet from the edge of the cliff at at Aill Na Searrach north of the main viewing area at the popular Cliffs of Moher.

The Irish Coast Guard was alerted and watch officers at the service’s marine rescue sub centre on Valentia Island mounted and coordinated a rescue operation.

Members of the Doolin unit of the Coast Guard responded to the scene along with National Ambulance Service paramedics.

The Shannon based search and rescue helicopter was also tasked to the incident.

Coast Guard volunteers set up specialist climbing equipment so that members could abseil down to secure and treat the casualty.

A Coast Guard member and the helicopter’s winchman/paramedic climbed down to the woman and administered first aid before securing her to a stretcher. Once this part of the rescue operation had been carried out, Rescue 115 was then able to move into position and airlift the woman from the ledge.

She was then flown to University Hospital Galway for treatment.

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.