Tuesday 16 July 2019

Woman left with serious leg injuries after cliff plunge near music festival

(Stock image)
(Stock image)

Aine Kenny

A young woman suffered serious injuries after falling off a cliff near to where the popular Sea Sessions music festival was taking place.

The woman, aged in her 20s, is believed to have fallen at Tullaghan Strand, Co Leitrim, close to Bundoran, after 2am on Sunday.

Her injuries are believed to be serious. Gardaí confirmed the woman injured both of her legs in the accident and was taken to Sligo University Hospital for treatment.

Killian O'Kelly, a rescuer with Bundoran Royal National Lifeboat Institution, said he attended the scene and the woman suffered severe injuries to her legs. "The cliff was about 40 feet [12 metres] in height, it was like falling off a two-storey building," Mr O'Kelly explained.

Naomi Myers and her partner attended Sea Sessions that night and were strolling on Tullaghan beach around 3am when they came across the scene of the accident.

"We discovered that a young concert-goer had fallen some 40ft down the cliff on to rocks on the beach below. A team of paramedics, RNLI Lifeboat crews and gardaí were making a tremendous effort to treat and save the girl.

"With the help of a stretcher-fitted golf buggy, they quickly moved her up a dirt track to an ambulance at the top of the cliff," Naomi said.

Sea Sessions confirmed that it was aware of the accident and sought to address concerns about safety near the coastline.

"Unfortunately, a person, who was not staying at the campsite, took a fall in a public area in Bundoran," said a Sea Sessions spokesperson. "Promoters understand she is recuperating well in hospital. We wish her a speedy recovery.

"The coastline is a beautiful and scenic spot but we always urge all people to take every care possible when coming to the coast.

"Sea Sessions' event management plan is carefully developed in consultation with local statutory agencies, An Garda Síochána, the HSE and the county council.

"Each year, Sea Sessions continues to review and improve the event with all parties."

Irish Independent

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