Saturday 19 April 2014

Climber who survived 400m cliff plunge recovering in hospital

A walker who plunged 400m down Europe’s tallest sea cliffs is recovering in hospital today after ‘the most difficult rescue operation in years.’

The 28-year-old Carlow man was rescued from a cliff-face at Slieve League, near Carrick in Co Donegal, just after midnight after a 12-hour emergency operation.

Both the Donegal Mountain Rescue team and the Killybegs Coast Guard took part in the operation to rescue the climber on Europe’s highest seacliffs.

Members of the Sligo/Leitrim Mountain Rescue Team also helped in the operation.

The walker slipped down a crevice before plunging 500m onto a ledge. He suffered neck and leg injuries but is expected to make a full recovery.

Brian Murray from Donegal Mountain Rescue team said today: “He was lucky that he landed where he did. He’s lucky to be alive. That was our most difficult rescue operation in many years.

“He doesn’t remember the fall; he just remembers coming to. He was in surprisingly good shape, was suffering from hypothermia and some bruising but otherwise he was OK.”

The walker had raised the alarm after ringing a friend.

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