Thursday 29 September 2016

Irish Coastguard rescue walker from 'five storey high' cliff ledge in Howth

Published 07/09/2015 | 22:01

Members of the Irish Coastugar used a rope haul system to recover a walker stranded on 50 metre high cliffs in Howth this evening
Pic: Irish Coastguard
Members of the Irish Coastugar used a rope haul system to recover a walker stranded on 50 metre high cliffs in Howth this evening Pic: Irish Coastguard

A walker who found themselves stranded on a 'five storey high' cliff ledge in Howth has been rescued by the Irish Coastguard.

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The alarm was raised at approximately 5pm this evening when the Irish Coastguard Unit in Howth was directed to a person in difficulty on 50 metre high sea cliffs near Ceannchor Road, Howth in North Dublin.

Members of the Irish Coastugar used a rope haul system to recover a walker stranded on 50 metre high cliffs in Howth this evening
Pic: Irish Coastguard
Members of the Irish Coastugar used a rope haul system to recover a walker stranded on 50 metre high cliffs in Howth this evening Pic: Irish Coastguard

According to the coastguard, the walker was unable to find a way off the beach, and so climbed up the cliff from the beach below.

Eventually the casualty became stranded and was unable to move up or down the cliff.

"The casualty was located on a small ledge of a vertical section 15 meters above the shoreline rocks below; equivalent to being on the 5th story of a high-rise building," a spokesperson for the Irish Coastguard said.

A sea cliff rescue climber from the Irish Coastguard was lowered in from the top of the cliffs, and using a rescue strop, secured the person into a safe position clear of rockfall.

The response team then used a rope haul system to recover both the climber and casualty to the cliff top.

The walker required no medical assistance and gardai assisted them back to their mode of transportaiton.

The Irish Coastguard has thanked members of the public for alerting them to the incident using 'CASPER' - Call 112, Ask for the correct service, Speak clearly and slowly, give a good Position, Explain the emergency, and Remain where you are.

If you spot somebody in difficulty on the coast, cliffs, or at sea, call 112 and ask for the coastguard

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