Thursday 22 February 2018

Boys (13) have lucky escape after 25ft plunge

TWO schoolboys who plunged 25 feet off a coastal walkway had a lucky escape after emerging from their ordeal virtually unscathed, writes Allison Bray.

Cian O'Rourke (13), from Greystones, Co Wicklow, was initially feared to have suffered spinal injuries after he fell down slippery rocks on to a stony beach from a local coastal walkway on St Patrick's Day.

Cormac Sheehan (13) then got trapped on rocks as he waited with his schoolfriend for help to arrive. He was later treated for hypothermia.

But Cian's mother Mairead Haugh said last night that both boys escaped serious injury and were doing well.

A major rescue operation was mounted at around 3pm after passers-by found the boys lying conscious but injured on the shoreline. The Dublin-based coast guard helicopter was dispatched to the scene in freezing temperatures and driving rain.

Cormac was rushed to hospital first while a paramedic winchman tended to Cian and managed to carry him up the cliff to a waiting ambulance.

Irish Independent

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