“Absolutely mental” video – A warning to parents

“Absolutely mental” video – A warning to parents

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A shocking video has emerged showing teenagers jumping at least 80ft (24m) from a cliff into the sea in Co Clare prompting a local councillor to call on parents to “take action” before someone is killed.

The clip shows a number of youngsters jumping from a cliff in the popular resort town of Kilkee while others sit, with their feet dangling over the edge, laughing, cheering and recording the potentially fatal acts.

Kilkee councillor Cillian Murphy posted the video on Twitter after thinking “long and hard” about doing so before deciding it had to be made public in an effort to prevent further irresponsible actions and the risk of copycat incidents.

In a post on Twitter, Cllr Murphy said: “Was sent this video to highlight to parents in #Kilkee what their kids are getting up to. This is absolutely crazy, approx 80 feet high, one misstep and it’s a permanent life changing injury at best, a funeral at worst.”

When contacted, Cllr Murphy added: “This is absolutely mental. Not only are they putting their own lives at risk, but if they get hurt or killed the rescue services will have to be deployed to rescue or recover them, putting other lives at risk also.”

“And lastly, and not insignificantly, these young lads are 15 or 16. Their bodies are probably strong enough to cope with the stress from the impact with the water, but their behaviour could encourage younger kids, say of 10 or 11, whose bodies can’t cope, and who may not have the ability to climb out of the water after that impact,” Cllr Murphy added.

“We would ask parents to warn their children of the risks of undertaking this activity at this location. And, to take on the responsibility of making sure they are not involved in it. It really is only a matter of time before someone slips or misjudges their jump and at this height and almost definitely result in, at best, a long term life changing injury or at worst a fatality,” he added.

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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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