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Video: Coast Guard chopper airlifts "confused" walker from Howth Head

The tourist, aged in his 30s, ended up trapped and unable to move on his way back up from the beach below.

Source: Howthcoastguard/YouTube

THE RESCUE 116 Coast Guard helicopter, based at Dublin Airport, was sent to airlift a walker from nearby Howth Head yesterday afternoon.

According to a the local coast guard unit, they received a call late yesterday afternoon reporting a tourist had become trapped on a cliff edge some 50 meters above a beach at Whitewater Brook, on the north Dublin headland.

The Howth Coast Guard Cliff Rescue team responded.

According to a statement:

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“The tourist, who was in his 30s, had got confused coming back up the path from the beach below and ended up trapped unable to move with a steep drop below.

Two Coast Guard members were able to communicate with the casualty and keep him calm while other team members were setting up a cliff rescue team to lower a rescue climber.

The Coast Guard helicopter then arrived on the scene lowered a winch-man to the tourist.

The statement concludes:

Coast Guard medics assessed the man who was a bit shaken but otherwise in good health and very thankful for his rescue in what could have easily had a very different outcome.

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