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Teenager in hospital after sand dune accident at Dingle Peninsula

The 19-year-old was buried under the collapsed dune for about 15 minutes.

Dingle Peninsula
Dingle Peninsula
Image: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland

A 19-YEAR-OLD woman was rescued yesterday afternoon after a sand dune collapsed on top of her at Dingle Peninsula in county Kerry.

At about 3pm, emergency services were alerted and attended the scene. She was taken out after about 15 minutes and transferred by ambulance to Tralee General Hospital, where she remains in a critical condition.

Gardaí said their investigations into the accident were ongoing.

Valentia Coastguard were also alerted about the incident and its helicopter was deployed. A spokesperson said that ambulance control and Gardaí were taking the lead in the operation, while onlookers also helped in the rescue.

The beach where the accident occurred is popular with campers, surfers and holiday makers engaging in other outdoor pursuits. The Maharees sand dunes are, on average between 10 and 12 metres high. It is understood that the young woman was participating in a sport which involves digging a hole in a sand dune and jumping into it from higher up.

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