Saturday 20 July 2019

Laser threat to helicopter rescue

The Coast Guard rescue helicopter.
The Coast Guard rescue helicopter.

A RESCUE operation in Bray last week took a sinister turn when someone attempted to distract the Coast Guard helicopter pilot with a laser.

Several people got into difficulty on Bray head at around 10 p.m. last Wednesday. The helicopter rescued one person from the area. A green laser beam was directed at the helicopter throughout the operation from the ground.

'This presented a serious risk to the pilot, crew and casualties on board the aircraft,' said local councillor Barry Nevin, a member of Wicklow Civil Defence.

The mission was ultimately a success. Gardaí have appealed to anyone who saw the source of the beam to contact them at 01 6665300.