Man in hospital with hypothermia after being rescued from a cliff
Published 13/11/2016 | 19:01
A man is recovering in hospital from hypothermia after being rescued from a west Cork cliff ledge by Castletownbere RNLI.
The RNLI lifeboat was launched shortly after 12 noon on Sunday after the alarm was raised about a man out walking who got trapped on a cliff ledge near Dursey Sound.
The man was trapped at the bottom of a steep cliff.
He was on a narrow ledge and couldn't move for fear of falling into the sea.
Castletownbere RNLI, under Second Coxswain Paul Stevens, arrived at the scene within 35 minutes of being launched and were supported by the Shannon-based Irish Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 115.
However, adverse weather conditions including reduced visibility and cross-winds prevented the helicopter from deploying its winchman to help bring the trapped man to safety.
Similarly, the conditions meant that the lifeboat was unable to launch its own small rescue craft because of a dangerous three to four metre high swell close to shore.
The RNLI lifeboat was able to maintain visual contact on the trapped man and eventually were able to guide members of Castletownbere Coast Guard to the scene and directly down the cliff to where the man was stuck.
A Coast Guard member was eventually lowered to the ledge beside the man and both were brought to safety via a skillful winching manoeuvre given the challenging conditions.
The casualty was medically assessed at the scene and then transferredto Tralee General Hospital by the Sikorsky helicopter for treatment for suspected hypothermia.
However, he is expected to make a full recovery.