Thursday 22 February 2018

Very lucky to survive crash

Father and son rescued from debris

Scene of helicopter accident near Carlingford
Scene of helicopter accident near Carlingford
The site of the helicopter crash at Rooskey with the crash site highlighted by the arrow and below the wreckage amongst garden foliage

Margaret Roddy

Father and son Donnie and Dustin (Dusky) Marron were 'very lucky to be alive' according to an eyewitness who saw their helicopter crash at Top Road, Mountain Park, Rooskey, on Sunday afternoon.

Locals were used to seeing the chopper coming in and out to land at a heliport to the rear of the impressive house overlooking Carlingford Lough.

It appears that the helicopter made a number of attempts to land on Sunday before crashing into a garden beside a house across the road.

A neighbouring resident said that the helicopter had been flying into the wind when it crashed around 5.15pm on Sunday afternoon.

'It went down, then back up and rose in a big arc, before going out of control and landing like a ton of bricks.'

He was the first to arrive at the scene and says that the two men were 'very lucky to be alive'.

Another neighbour had been outside playing with her child when the helicopter came down. 'It's a huge shock and we hope that they are okay.'

Fire crews from Carlingford and Dundalk as well as the ambulance and coastguard services attended at the crash scene where cutting equipment was used to free one of the men who was trapped in the vehicle.

Donnie Marron, was air lifted by Coastguard helicopter to Beaumont Hospital where his condition is said to be serious while Dustin, who is in his forties, was taken by ambulance to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda.

It's believed this is the second time that the Donnie has survived an accident involving the two person helicopter as he previously escaped injury after an attempted force landing in July 2015.

'There are not too many people can walk out of a helicopter crash,' said one of those involved in the rescue operation. 'The emergency services did brilliant work in getting them out.'

The Irish Coastguard service stated that: 'Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 116 was routed from Dublin to transport one casualty and when on scene Greenore Coast Guard assisted with the landing and subsequent loading of the injured person.'

'The casualty was flown directly to Beaumont hospital, where on the ground it was met by Howth Coast Guard unit, Dublin fire brigade, Gardai and the National Ambulance Service to assist with unloading and transport to hospital. The second casualty was transported by road.'

Donnie Marron is well known in Dundalk and Carlingford. Originally from Bridge Street in Dundalk, he had, over the course of a varied career, worked in The Argus, Rice & Roddy, and ran a pub in Carlingford for a number of years. He spends much of the year in Spain. His brother, Sunday World journalist Kevin Marron was one of a number of journalists killed when a light plane crashed on its return from the Beaujolais nouveau wine race in 1984.

Investigators from the Air Accident Investigation Unit arrived at the scene on Monday.

The Argus

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