By Dan Walsh
A busy week so far for the Courtown-Arklow Coast Guard Unit with call out’s on Wednesday and Thursday.
On Thursday at 3.34pm the Unit were tasked following a request from National Emergency Operations Centre with a person who had fallen from a cliff just south of Courtown and sustained a leg injury.
Once the casualty was located it was established that extraction via land was too difficult, so Rescue 117 was called in to assist and the casualty was winched onboard. The pitch at the Riverchapel Community Complex was prepared as a landing zone for the helicopter and the casualty was transferred to an awaiting ambulance where they were transferred to hospital for further care.
The unit were stood down and returned to base and prepare for the next callout!
On Wednesday at 6.02pm the Unit were tasked to an object in the water at Saleen beach, just below Tara Hill, and following an investigation it turned out to be a large piece of timber.
This was a call with good intentions as the caller was unsure what it was; it is always better to make the call and have the item investigated to be sure. The unit was stood down and returned to base.
Remember if you see someone in difficulty on or near the water, dial 112/999 and ask for the Coast Guard.