Light on missing tourist's phone aids cliff rescue
Published 03/10/2011 | 05:00
A GERMAN tourist was rescued early yesterday from Ireland's tallest seacliffs, thanks to a light on her mobile phone.
The 24-year-old woman went missing around Slieve League, Co Donegal, at 9pm on Saturday night in an area known as the Pilgrim's Path.
She had been camping in the area with her partner and had arranged to meet him again at a local car park in Bunglass.
When she failed to arrive, the Donegal Mountain Rescue Service was alerted and a full-scale search was launched.
Other rescue personnel including the Sligo Mountain Rescue team and the Killybegs Coastguard also joined in the search.
The young woman was eventually found by the Killybegs Coastguard around 12.30am yesterday.
"She was very wet, cold and disorientated after wrapping herself in her sleeping bag," said Brian Murray of the Donegal Mountain Rescue team.
"There was no mobile phone signal in the area and she was lucky that the coastguard service managed to see the light from her phone.
"She was also carrying a slight ankle injury which she had picked up.
"She had been heading for the lights of Teelin and just became disorientated."
The woman was treated by first aid personnel but did not need to go to hospital.
The rescue came two weeks after American tourist Kelly Jones (41) went missing in the same area of Donegal.
She was later found at a rectory building in Glencolmcille.