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Saturday 18 November 2017

Lucky escape for man who fractured ankle after falling into choppy sea off Irish coast

Irish Coast Guard helicopter. Stock picture
Irish Coast Guard helicopter. Stock picture

David Kearns

A man had a lucky escape after he fell into the choppy waters while strolling along a beach in Donegal.

The man (45) suffered an “open wound” after he fell two metres into the sea shortly before 4pm as he was walking along Dooey Beach with his partner.

Units from the Mulroy Coastguard found the man laying some metres from the water when they arrived at the scene.

The man was airlifted to Letterkenny General Hospital, where he was treated for a fractured ankle and hypothermia.

According to Malin Head Coast Radio station, the man had managed to swim to the shore and had crawled onto the beach while his partner called for help.

“He is a very lucky man,” said a spokesperson for Malin Head Coast.

“Things could have gone very differently given the state of the weather today. The sea is still quite choppy due to the high winds.

“Thankfully his injuries weren’t not life-threatening and after being examined by medical staff at the scene, he was taken to Letterkenny by the rescue helicopter from Sligo.”

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