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Tuesday 22 July 2014

Tourist contacts coastguard after hearing two swimmers cry for help

Published 20/06/2014|07:43

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The Irish Coast Guard operations centre rescue two people stuck on cliffs at Balscaden, on Howth Head after an emergency 999 call. 
Pics from the Irish Coast Guard - Howth
The Irish Coast Guard operations centre rescue two people stuck on cliffs at Balscaden, on Howth Head after an emergency 999 call. Pics from the Irish Coast Guard - Howth

TWO men were rescued from a cliffside after they got into difficulty swimming.

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The pair had been swimming at Balscaden, near Howth Head, when they began to struggle in the strong current.

They managed to make it to nearby rocks and attempted to climb the cliffs before catching the attention of a passing tourist who alerted the emergency services.

Fifteen members of the Irish Coast Guard Cliff Rescue team participated in the rescue operation, winching them to safety, which brought their ordeal to an end.

Fergus Cooney of the Howth Coast guard told Morning Ireland on Radio One:

"What happened was we had two swimmers in the water off the rocks and they got caught in a very strong current. They eventually made it to the rocks."

He explained that one of the men was too exhausted to continue any further.

“The other one had a decision to make whether to go back to the water and swim for help, try and climb the cliff or stay where they were and shout for help"

The man decided to remain with his friend.

The two passing tourists who spotted them didn’t speak English or have a mobile phone, but they managed to alert staff at a nearby cafe to the men’s plight.

“When we arrived we located the two swimmers and brought them backup , a little bit shaken but otherwise ok", he said.

Irish Independent

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