Castletownbere RNLI assists in a multi-agency rescue in the Dursey Sound

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The Castletownbere RNLI lifeboat was tasked today (Sunday 13 November) just before noon to go to the aid of a man trapped a ledge on the shore in the Dursey Sound.

Castletownbere RNLI guided the local Coast Guard team to casualty trapped on ledge

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Castletownbere RNLI guided the local Coast Guard team to casualty trapped on ledge

The lifeboat, under the command of Second Coxswain Paul Stevens, was launched within seven minutes and arrived on scene 35 minutes later. The casualty was located at the bottom of a cliff on a narrow ledge and suspected to be suffering from hypothermia.

Given the dangerous three to four-metre swell on the shoreline, the lifeboat was unable to launch its inflatable Y-boat. The Shannon based Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 115 was also on scene but unable to deploy a winchman given the adverse conditions. The lifeboat was able to provide the Coast Guard with details of the casualty's location through radio contact.

The local Castletownbere Coast Guard shore-based unit lowered one of its team down the rock face who was able to secure the casualty and both were brought up the cliff in a skilful manoeuvre. On receiving a medical assessment from ambulance crew, he was transferred to Tralee General Hospital by helicopter.

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For information contact Paul Stevens Castletownbere Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer Paul Stevens tel: 086 6015110 or email lifeboat1744@eircom.net or Niamh Stephenson RNLI Media Relations tel: 087 1254 124 or email Niamh_Stephenson@rnli.org.uk

Rescue of casualty trapped on ledge at Dursey Sound, West Cork

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Rescue of casualty trapped on ledge at Dursey Sound, West Cork

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