Saturday 19 October 2019

Man survives five-hour ordeal after cliff fall

Ralph Riegel

A 68-YEAR-old man narrowly cheated death when he fell over a cliff while out walking but became lodged in rocks 12 feet below the edge.

The man was unable to free himself and couldn't climb back up the cliff face or down to the ground, some 20 feet below at Ballinglanna outside Clonakilty in west Cork.

The pensioner was rescued thanks to a quick-thinking friend who became suspicious when there was no answer after he called to the elderly man's home.

The friend decided to check the route the man walked daily and spotted him trapped on the rocks below the cliff at lunchtime on Thursday.

The man's friend then alerted the gardai and the coastguard and the Waterford-based Sikorsky rescue helicopter was dispatched to west Cork.

A coastguard spokesman said the man had a very lucky escape after lying on the rock ledge below the cliff for almost five hours.

"He had become wedged in the rocks and was difficult to reach but thankfully they got to him," he said.

The man is expected to be kept at Cork University Hospital for observation until today, with his injuries described as relatively minor.

Irish Independent

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