Castletownbere RNLI assists in a multi-agency rescue in the Dursey Sound
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.
lifeboat, under the command of Second Coxswain Paul
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.
RNLI media contacts
For information contact Paul Stevens Castletownbere Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer Paul Stevens tel: 086 6015110 or email email@example.com or Niamh Stephenson RNLI Media Relations tel: 087 1254 124 or email Niamh_Stephenson@rnli.org.uk
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The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.