Coast Guard rescue teenagers at
GREENCASTLE Coast Guard
rescued a party of six teenagers who had been
rock climbing near Kinnego Bay on Sunday, 14th July,
The teenagers, from Inishowen and Derry, had got in
to difficulty and one of the boys had fallen
approximately 35 feet and required immediate
assistance. The alarm was raised when two of the
party made their way back around the coast to the
beach and alerted campers in the area.
Two men who had been camping at the beach called the
emergency services. They then went by kayak to the
location and provided first aid to the injured
casualty. Greencastle Coast Guard rescue boat
arrived on the scene at 21:12hrs and landed crew
ashore to provide assistance. The rescue boat then
took three of the teenagers off the rocks and landed
them to the safety of the beach, where they were
checked over by waiting ambulance crew and received
medical attention for cuts, bruises and hypothermia.
Coast Guard Helicopter, Rescue
118, landed at Kinnego beach and transported the
casualty to Letterkenny University Hospital.
The Greencastle Coast
Guard boat transported two HSE paramedics from the
beach and to the casualty location. The casualty was
then placed in a stretcher and transported by boat
to the beach where the Sligo based Coast Guard
Helicopter, Rescue 118, had landed.
The casualty was transferred to the waiting
helicopter and taken immediately to Letterkenny
University Hospital. The injured youth suffered two
fractures to his skull, required stitches and was
treated for a broken wrist.
Greencastle Coast Guard officer in charge, Charlie
Cavanagh, said "the rescue operation went smoothly
and the weather conditions were favourable, allowing
the rescue boat to gain access to the casualty's
location and also allowed the boat and helicopter to
both make safe beach landings".
Mr Cavanagh thanked the two kayakers for their
prompt action in alerting authorities and for their
assistance on scene. He acknowledged the job was a
very professional joint operation involving HSE
ambulance crews, Coast Guard Helicopter, Gardaí,
Malin Head Coast Guard MRSC and volunteer members of
Greencastle Coast Guard and thanked everyone