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Friday 23 August 2019

Rangers stop four cliff suicides

Gordon Deegan

RANGERS saved at least four lives at the Cliffs of Moher last year by intervening when people were contemplating suicide, according to a consultant psychiatrist.

Dr Moosajee Bhamjee yesterday called on Clare County Council to provide more funding for extra rangers at the beauty spot after revealing they referred "at least four people" they met at the cliffs to the State's psychiatric service in 2008.

Rangers work primarily as tourist guides at the cliffs but Dr Bhamjee said: "I am aware of four cases where a ranger's intervention saved a life at the Cliffs of Moher last year.

"The rangers have done a great job and there should be funding for more."

Provisional statistics for 2008 released yesterday by Clare's Coroner's Office showed that four of the 17 people suspected of taking their own lives in Clare last year fell from the Cliffs of Moher. In comparison, nine people died on the county's roads.

  • The Samaritans offer support to the suicidal and those in emotional distress. Tel: 1850 609090

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