The Doolin unit of the Irish Coast Guard was tasked at 21:36 hours on 29 July to Lahinch Bay, following a report of a swimmer in difficulty.
Both boats were launched and shore teams deployed. Lahinch Sea Rescue and a fishing trawler were also on scene. Following a short search, the woman was found and taken from the water by the crew of one of the Doolin boats at approximately 22:25. CPR was immediately initiated and maintained while she was transferred to Lahinch beach, where a doctor and a paramedic attended to her. Following further attempts to resuscitate her, she was rushed to hospital by the Shannon based Coast Guard helicopter but she failed to recover consciousness.
On Sunday evening,Doolin Coast Guard Unit were called to assist in the search for a child who had fallen into the river Fergus at Aughanteeroe in Ennis. The Ennis Fire Brigade , the Shannon Coast Guard helicopter, HSE Ambulance , the Gardaí and the Civil Defence were on scene. The child was located by a search team a short time later and rushed to Ennis General hospital. Doolin Goast Guard Unit were stood down while on route.
At 07.50 Doolin Coast Guard Unit were called to assist a man who had fallen from a 30 ft cliff at Quilty, Co Clare. The Shannon based helicopter , Rescue 115 were also called to the scene. The casualty was collared and boarded and winched to the helicopter. He was then taken to Galway University Hospital.
At 22.23 , Doolin Unit were alerted to an object floating a half a mile off Crab Island by a member of the public. The person was concerned that it may have been a person in the water. The D-Class was launched and searched the area while members also carried out a search from shore. The Delta was prepared for launch. All members returned to base at 22.59,after the D-Class crew located the object and ascertained that it was not a person.
At 18.35 Doolin Coast Guard Unit were asked to search for two people at the Cliffs of Moher. The two people had not yet returned to another member of their group at the expected time. The Unit was stood down at 18.49, both people having safely returned.
by Caitriona in Training
Four members of the Doolin Unit took part in a training flight on the Shannon based Coast Guard Helicopter [Rescue 115]. All 26 members have now had this opportunity to experience a flight onboard the SN 61 Sikorsky. We were given instruction on safety and search procedures and winching. During flight we were given a demonstration of the FLIR and how it works, the whole excercise being very benificial. From the base at Shannon we flew towards Lissycasey, onto Quilty and Spanish Point then onto Lahinch , the Cliffs of Moher , Doolin, Lisdoonvarna and then back to base. It was a fantastic experience to see our own areas from the air and also to see how much can be seen from the air while on a search and rescue excercise.Also on board was recently graded SARDA dog, Zac. This was a great experience for him to familiarise him with helicopters and winching. We took part in some winching while the helicopter was stationary and with rotors on.The crew were brilliant and worked very well with the dog. Thanks to all crew of the Shannon Based Coast Guard Helicopter for accommodating us for training, it is always a great learning experience for us
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