Man rescued off Mutton Island

Aug 6, 2012   //   by Caitriona   //   Callouts  //  1 Comment


Doolin Coast Guard was tasked just after 18.00 to assist in the search for an overdue dive boat with one person on board.The boat was en route from Quilty to Doonbeg pier . The Shannon Coast Guard rescue helicopter was also tasked, along with Kilkee Coast Guard Unit and Kilkee Marine Rescue. Doolin Coast Guard team members searched piers in the area and also searched the coast line. The Doolin D Class boat was launched from Dough Mór beach and commenced a search of that area and on to Doonbeg Pier.The Doolin Coast Guard Delta launched from Doolin, searching for the RIB on the way  , as they were coming around Mutton Island, the boat crew saw the man waving from a large rock just off the south side of the Island. They were able to speak to him until the Coast guard helicopter  returned and winched the casualty onboard the helicopter. The man had been thrown from the RIB when a wave hit it and he had managed to swim 500 metres to the rocks  .He was taken to Shannon where an ambulance was waiting. The missing boat was later seen by a another boat in a cave on the southern side of Mutton Island. The boat was recovered from the cave by the Coast Guard D-Class and then taken on tow back to Quity pier by the Doolin Coast Guard Delta boat.

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  • Thanks to Doolin Coast Guard and the Shannon Coast Guard helicopter for answering my hails yesterday and the helipcopter for picking me up of the pinnacle off south side Mutton. I really did not fancy spending the night on it. :-) No hospital treatment required. Fortunately, I was well prepared, a good warm drysuit, lifejacket and the deadmans activated to kill the engine. Alas, the drysuit also hindered efforts to return back on board the craft in that strong SWesterly.
    Thanks to all theSearch & Recovery teams involved im my rescue and naturally to members of Limerick Sub Aqua who made th at vital call when I was over due. Thankfully, the boat has been recovered.

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