Saturday 20 January 2018

Man (20s) airlifted to hospital after fall down steep cliffs near Howth

Sam Griffin & Louise Kelly

A man aged in his 20s was airlifted to hospital after he fell down steep cliffs while out walking near Howth.

The man had been shore fishing with a friend when he fell ten metres descending to rocks at Balscadden beach.

Emergency services were alerted to the incident by the fisherman's friend shortly before 4pm today.

The coast guard team administered medical care to the man - who had suffered serious head injuries in the fall - until the paramedic from the Rescue helicopter 116 arrived at the scene.

The man was said to be in and out of consciousness while he was being treated at the scene and prepared for the airlift.

The casualty was then winched aboard the helicopter and taken to Beaumont Hospital for treatment.

His friend was taken by the Howth RNLI lifeboat to Howth Harbour.

Meanwhile, crew received reports that a tourist had gotten into difficulty in the vicinity and required cliff rescue.

The Howth team were dispatched to Whitewater Brook northside of the Baily lighthouse at Howth Head at approximately 5pm.

A rope cliff rescue was set up for the man who had become trapped 25 meters up the 40 meter cliff.

Man was taken to Beaumont Hospital where his condition is unknown
Man was taken to Beaumont Hospital where his condition is unknown

He had gotten confused on returning from a beach below and found himself unable to ascend or descend from the steep cliff face.

The tourist was brought to safety and no further medical care was required.

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