Saturday 23 June 2018

Man rescued from sea after falling from rocks - 'lifejacket saved his life' say rescuers

The S92 Irish Coast Guard rescue helicopter.
The S92 Irish Coast Guard rescue helicopter.

Cormac Fitzgerald

A man had to be rescued from the sea today after he slipped off rocks in Kerry this afternoon.

The man, who is in his early forties, was fishing at the Dursey Sound, near Dursey island, when he slipped on the rocks and feel into the water at about 12:30 this afternoon.

The alarm was raised by the man's daughter and units from the Derrynane Inshore Rescue, a volunteer organisation, responded. The man spent 40 minutes in the water before he was rescued by the team.

he was wearing a lifejacket when he fell into the water which rescuers at the scene said saved his life.

He was suffering from shock and hypothermia following the fall and was airlifted by a rescue helicopter to Cork University Hospital.

His condition is said to be stable.

A spokesman for Derrynane Inshore Rescue said that the man was very fortunate to have been wearing a lifejacket.

"It's the first case we've ever come across where the an angler has actually been wearing a lifejacket," he said.

"And that's what saved his life aside from us pulling him out of it."

Units from the Castletownbere RNLI and Castletownbere Coast Guard were also involved in the rescue.

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