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Wednesday 22 March 2017

Teenage boy had lucky escape after falling into giant sand sinkhole on Irish beach

Allison Bray

Allison Bray

The Valentia Coastguard helicopter was dispatched to the scene, along with fire, ambulance and gardai. Stock picture
The Valentia Coastguard helicopter was dispatched to the scene, along with fire, ambulance and gardai. Stock picture

A teenage boy had a lucky escape after falling into a giant sand sinkhole on a beach.

The 13-year-old boy was playing with friends on the beach at Inchimore, Kenmare, Co Kerry when he fell into the sinkhole around 6:40pm on Saturday.

Fortunately, the boy’s father was with the group and he managed to pull his son from the hole before emergency crews arrived on the scene.

The Valentia Coastguard helicopter was dispatched to the scene, along with fire, ambulance and gardai.

The boy was then flown to Cork University Hospital where his condition was described as stable.

A neighbour of the boy, local councillor Dan McCarthy, praised the boys’ friends for summoning help when their friend fell into the hole.

“He had a miraculous escape,” he said.

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