Bundoran RNLI assist faller at Mullaghmore
The volunteer crew of Bundoran RNLI Lifeboat was this afternoon (Thursday 13th August 2020) requested to launch to assist a person who had fallen from cliffs at Mullaghmore Head in County Sligo.
The female casualty was found unconscious at the bottom of a cliff by passers by who immediately contacted the Coast Guard who in turn launched the Bundoran lifeboat as well as the Sligo based Rescue 118 helicopter.
On arriving on scene just before 2pm, the casualty was already being treated by ambulance and helicopter crew. An advanced paramedic member of the lifeboat crew also went ashore to assist.
Moments later the Coast Guard helicopter airlifted the casualty to Sligo University Hospital.
On returning to the station, crew member Rory O’Connor said ‘the casualty was very lucky that she was spotted and that the alert was raised so quickly. We would remind anyone that if they see anyone in trouble on the coast to ring 999 or 112 and ask for the coast guard.
Key facts about the RNLI
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 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and 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.