Wednesday 13 December 2017

Man suffers head injuries after 50-foot fall in disused quarry

(Photo: Dublin Fire Brigade)
(Photo: Dublin Fire Brigade)
Denise Calnan

Denise Calnan

A man in his mid- thirties suffered head injuries following a 50-foot fall at a quarry in south Dublin this afternoon.

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Emergency services were called to the scene after two climbers got into difficulty in Dalkey Quarry, located near Killiney Hill.

The alarm was raised at approximately 3.40pm, gardai told

Dublin Fire Brigade crews, ambulance service and the Irish Coastguard helicopter Rescue 116 also attended the scene and the man was transferred to Beaumont Hospital.

A spokesperson for Dublin Fire Brigade said the rescue operation last approximately 2 hours and ten minutes.

"We received the call at 15.39pm this afternoon and dispatched our Dub Laoghaire fire crew to the scene," he told

"We also called our highline rescue crew from Phibsborough to the scene.

"The man had been climbing in the disused quarry and had fallen 50 feet.

"We had to stand aside the helicopter during the rescue operation as the down-draught was causing us problems.

"The climbers did seem experienced, they were using proper ropes during their climb.

"Our last unit left the scene at approximately 17:49pm."

Dalkey Quarry was used for quarrying during the 19th century but is now disused.

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