Thursday 21 September 2017

Woman recovering after ravine rescue

Paddy Clancy

A 71-year-old woman has made a full recovery after being rescued from a ravine 400 metres down a sea cliff.

Malin Head Coast Guard said the woman was rescued at almost the same spot on Slieve League in Co Donegal where Cormac Nolan (28) was pulled to safety when he plunged 400 metres down to a narrow ledge on New Year's Day.

The rescue of the elderly woman, one of three sisters holidaying in south Donegal, on Thursday evening involved units of the Donegal and Sligo-Leitrim Mountain Rescue teams and the cliff-climbing team of Killybegs Coast Guard.

The woman and one of her sisters had been on a walk along the cliffside while a third sister waited in a car park.

After two hours without contact, the third sister raised the alarm with Malin Head Coast Guard.

While one of the women eventually made her way safely back to the car park, the 71-year-old became trapped on a ledge in a ravine. Just 10 metres below her, the cliff face sloped sharply down to the sea.

A coast guard helicopter from Strandhill, Co Sligo, had to return to base to refuel after a 90-minute search of the area.

She was eventually rescued via a winch when the helicopter returned to the scene.

The woman was taken to Sligo General hospital for a check and then released when she was found to be uninjured.

Irish Independent

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