Woman and six children cheat death
A WOMAN and six children narrowly escaped serious injury after their car plunged 20ft down an embankment yesterday.
They were travelling along the Coast Road at Portmarnock in north Co Dublin when their people-carrier went out of control at around 1.20pm on a bend close to where a Martello Tower had been converted into a house. It tumbled over a ledge and plunged on to rocks on the shoreline.
The vehicle flipped at the bottom of the embankment and landed upright on the rocks.
The Coast Guard helicopter flew paramedics to the casualties, as three engines from Dublin Fire Brigade and ambulances rushed to the scene.
The children were taken to Temple Street Children's Hospital and the woman to Beaumont Hospital for assessment. None of the seven is believed to have suffered serious injuries.
Dublin Fire Brigade said five of the youngsters had facial injuries and so were placed on spinal boards as a precaution.
The stretch of road was closed during the rescue, but reopened shortly after.