Thursday 22 August 2019

Man taking selfie falls to death from Moher cliffs

Members of the emergency services remove the man’s remains at the Cliffs of Moher. Photo: Press 22
Members of the emergency services remove the man’s remains at the Cliffs of Moher. Photo: Press 22

Pat Flynn

A man has died after falling from the Cliffs of Moher while taking a 'selfie' photograph.

The tragedy happened at around 3.15pm yesterday when the man, believed to be an Indian national studying in Dublin, was visiting the popular tourist attraction.

The Doolin unit of the Coast Guard and the Shannon-based search and rescue helicopter were mobilised as soon as the alarm was raised.

Volunteer members from Doolin Coast Guard travelled to the scene by road while one of the unit's rescue boats was also launched, but stood down a short time later.

The tragedy happened south of the main viewing areas near the visitor centre. There were hundreds of visitors enjoying the scenery and cliff walk at the time.

Rescue 115 arrived at the scene and immediately carried out a search of the area.

Once the man was found, the helicopter winchman was lowered to the water and was able to recover his body.

The man was flown to Doolin where the crew was met by Coast Guard members and gardaí.

The body was transported to the local Coast Guard station and was formally pronounced dead at around 5.35pm.

Gardaí interviewed a number of eye-witnesses following the fall and have confirmed that at this stage, they are treating the incident as a tragic accident.

A Garda spokesman said: "There is nothing to suggest at this stage that this was anything other than a tragic accident. Initial indications are, having taken statements from a number of people, that the victim was taking a selfie and lost his footing."

The incident remains under investigation while gardaí were last night trying to make contact with the victim's family in India.

In June 2007, a Hungarian man in his 20s died after he fell to his death at the Cliffs of Moher while taking photos.

Irish Independent

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