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.