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Woman (21) survives 45ft fall from top of Inis Mor cliff

Independent.ie News Desk

Published 09/04/2015 | 14:12

Inis Mór
Inis Mór

A 21-year-old woman had a lucky escape after plunging more than 45 feet off a cliff on the Aran Islands.

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The young woman suffered only a broken leg despite falling from the equivalent of a four to five story building.

The incident happened while she was walking on Inis Mor at about 2.45pm, near the popular tourist attraction “the Wormhole”, a naturally formed rectangular shaped pool south of Dun Aonghasa.

A spokesperson for the Coastguard said she had been very lucky, as most falls of that height end in far more serious injury or even death.

It is still unclear exactly how the 21-year-old slipped but locals saw her plunge into the surf beneath the cliff.

Those nearby scrambled to haul her out of the water in which she had become stuck.

“She landed in the surf, which was very lucky because it broke her fall,” said a member of the Coastguard.

The unit from the island responded, as did the Shannon-based helicopter which airlifted her to Galway University Hospital where she was treated for a broken leg.

Meanwhile, another woman was airlifted from the Cliffs of Moher after twisting and breaking her leg while out walking.

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