On Saturday 28th June at 00.20 the Doolin unit of the Irish Coast Guard were requested by Ennistymon Gardaí to search for a person missing at the Cliffs of Moher. Teams assembled and searched from Aill na Searach to Hags Head and were assisted by Shannon based Irish Coast Guard Helicopter. The search was stood down at 03-00 until first light. At 05.30 the casualty was sighted at the base of the cliffs. The Doolin Coast Guard boat was launched and went to the scene, but, due to sea conditions, a recovery from the sea was not possible. A large scale recovery then commenced. It was decided that two climbers would descend the 600 ft cliff to recover the casualty. The operation took six hours to extract the casualty from the base of the cliffs. He was pronounced dead at the scene by a doctor. Doolin Coast Guard Unit was greatly assisted by Killaloe and Kilkee Coast Guard Units, the Civil Defence and Gardaí, over sixty rescue personnel were involved in the operation. By 19.00 the deceased was taken from the cliffs by an awaiting ambulance.
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