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Thursday 21 September 2017

Marine rescue team forced to call for assistance after trying to free cow from cave

View near Leck Point, Kerry (Photo: Google Maps)
View near Leck Point, Kerry (Photo: Google Maps)
Allison Bray

Allison Bray

Members of a marine rescue team wound up being rescued themselves while trying to free a cow in distress on Monday afternoon.

The five-person volunteer team from the Ballybunion Community Rescue Boats Ireland (CRBI) was en route to investigate a cow that reportedly got stuck inside a sea cave.

The crew were travelling to the incident, which was located about a nautical mile north of the Co Kerry seaside town at Leck Point, when they got into trouble with their boat at approximately 4:15pm.

The propeller of the D-Class Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB) got stuck, forcing the crew up onto a ledge on the shore.

However, two of the crew managed to right the boat and return to shore while the Shannon Coast Guard rescue helicopter was dispatched to the ledge.

The three crew were airlifted back to base without injury.

“They were all safe and well. Everybody was fine,” said a spokesman for the Coast Guard.

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