Swimmer rescued in 'complex' operation after being washed into a sea cave in West Cork

Swimmer rescued in 'complex' operation after being washed into a sea cave in West Cork

The young lady swimmer being helped into the HSE Ambulance, She was rescued by members of the Old Head Seven Heads Coastguard unit at the slipway in Dunworley, near Butlerstown in West Cork. Eighteen members of the unit took part in the rescue along with the HSE Ambulance and crew, the Rescue 115 Helicopter from Shannon, the RNLB Frederick Storey Cockburn Courtmacsherry Lifeboat and the Gardaí. Picture: Martin Walsh.

A SWIMMER got washed into a sea cave in West Cork and had to be rescued in a daring and "complex" operation by the Irish Coast Guard.

Irish Coast Guard Units from Old Head/Seven Heads, along with the Shannon-based, Coast Guard Heli R115, were tasked this evening to a female swimmer who got washed into a sea cave at Dunworley, West Cork. 

The Irish Coast Guard said on its Facebook page: "This evenings sea cave incident in Dunworley was a very challenging rescue but our Old Head/Seven Head CG Team done an excellent job, well done to Irish Coast Guard team member and experienced diver Eammon Barry, who located the casualty in the cave and assisted in the rescue. 

"Paramedics from the Coast Guard Shannon based Helicopter R115 landed nearby and were ready to provide medical assistance when the casualty was rescued from the cave. Courtmcsherry RNLI were also tasked to the incident to provide assistance."

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