Ballyreen Point

Nov 7, 2009   //   by Caitriona   //   Callouts  //  2 Comments

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At 09.15 Doolin Coast Guard members were tasked by MRCC Valentia, to an incident at Ballyreen, North of Doolin.A person had fallen into the sea from the rocks at Ballyreen Point while sea fishing,the sea was quite rough at the time , with high waves and strong winds . The Shannon based Coast Guard helicopter was  tasked.The Aran Islands Lifeboat was also tasked and on route The Doolin Coast Guard Unit was on a climbing course in the area at the time and members of the unit were on scene quickly and maintained a visual on the casualty in the water.Other team members returned to base and the Doolin Delta was taken by road to launch at Gleninagh Pier as conditions in Doolin were too rough to launch there. The Shannon Coast Guard helicopter arrived shortly after , their winchman was lowered to the sea and the casualty was taken from the water and airlifted to Galway University Hospital. The three other members of the group were taken care of by Doolin Coast Guard members,two of the group were treated for shock,  until the HSE ambulance arrived and they were also taken to the  hospital.

Sadly, the casualty later died at Galway University Hospital.



  • Hi,
    I was at the Cliffs of Moher, on November 7,2009. A big gust of wind picked me up (on the courtyard in front of the visitor center)
    and slammed me down face first!!!!! I was treated at the First aid center, for a bump on the head, and then went to the hospital in
    Ennis for 6 stitches to my lip. I am curious as to how fast the wind was gusting. How do I find that out?
    Thank you and have a great day,
    PS it was my 2nd trip to the Cliffs, we love Ireland.

  • Go to for historical data all over the world, including wind strength and gust strength. Luvky you weren’t on the cliff edge at the time Maria.

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