Tuesday 24 April 2018

Gardaí investigating after man dies in Cliffs of Moher parachute jump

Cliffs of Moher (Stock picture)
Cliffs of Moher (Stock picture)

Pat Flynn

A man in his mid-forties has died after a parachute jump went tragically wrong early today.

The incident happened at around 7.00am at Aill Na Searrach part of the Cliffs of Moher range in Co Clare.

Gardaí confirmed to Independent.ie they are now investigating the sudden death.

Three men had gone to the area early today to undertake a so-called ‘base jump’. Base jumping is when people jump from a fixed structure or cliff wearing a parachute or wingsuit.

It’s understood the first man completed a safe jump, however tragedy struck for the second jumper.

It wasn't immediately clear whether his parachute failed to open or deployed too late for the man to land safely.

The Irish Coast Guard was alerted while an ambulance, rapid response advanced paramedic unit and gardaí also responded to the scene.

The Doolin Coast Guard rescue boat was able to get close enough to the cliff base to allow three members to make their way ashore.

Weather and sea conditions were also favourable enough to allow Rescue 115 winch a crew member on the shore below.

The man was airlifted onto the helicopter and flown to Galway University Hospital where he was later confirmed dead.

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