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Valentia RNLI rescue man who fell into the sea from the rocks

Lifeboats News Release

Valentia RNLI volunteers launched their all-weather lifeboat yesterday (Monday 31 July) to rescue a man who fell into the sea from the rocks.


Valentia RNLI Severn Class & Rescue 115

At 4.51pm the Valentia Coast Guard requested Valentia RNLI’s volunteer crew to launch the all-weather lifeboat and to go to the aid of man who had fallen from rocks into the sea at Culoo Head, Valentia.

Our crew immediately made their way to the scene and located the casualty in the water. Weather conditions at the time were described as good with a two to three metre sea swell and Force 5 west north westerly wind.

They got the casualty from the water and quickly assessed him. Following on from this they made their way back to Knightstown Harbour. Where the casualty was subsequently winched on board the Irish Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 115 from Shannon and transferred to University Hospital Kerry for further treatment.

Speaking following the call out, Colum O’Connell Valentia RNLI Lifeboat Operational Manager said: ‘This is a operation our volunteer lifeboat crew train for on a regular basis. The crew work closely with the Coast Guard and Rescue 115 and this was a good example of joint work. We wish the casualty well following their ordeal today. We would encourage all should you get into trouble or see someone else in difficulty, to dial 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard.’


Valentia RNLI Severn Class

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