The Irish Coast Guard is renewing it’s safety message after an angler was airlifted to safety after falling from cliffs at Knockadoon Head in County Cork yesterday.
The Waterford based helicopter Rescue 117 was called to the scene, with support from Coast Guard units at Ballycotton and Youghal, and the man was transferred to Cork University Hospital.
Gerard O’Flynn is the Search and Rescue co-ordination manager with the Irish Coast Guard.
He said: “Our coordination centre in Valentia became aware of a gentleman in difficulty off a place called Knockadoon Head in East Cork, on the Cork/Waterford border.
“The Waterford based Coast Guard helicopter, supported by the two local volunteer coastguard teams, Ballycotton and Youghal, went to the assistance of the injured party.
“The man was airlifted and taken to hospital where we believe he is comfortable.”
Gerard O’Flynn says the public should never hesitate to call for help. “If you think someone is in danger dial 112 and ask for the Coast Guard. This time of the year people will be going afloat for perhaps the first time after a long break, always observe the basic safety of making sure that you can stay afloat and that you can communicate.”
This Easter the Irish Coast Guard remind people who are doing activities on or near the water to spend a couple of minutes on a plan before they take off. The idea is simple – STAY AFLOAT – Life Jacket. STAY in CONTACT – Flare, PLB (Personal Locator Beacon), VHF Radio, Whistle pic.twitter.com/XIi2PbZVSN
— Irish Coast Guard (@IrishCoastGuard) March 31, 2018