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Busy day for emergency services after dramas at several separate incidents

Busy day for emergency services after dramas at several separate incidents

It was a busy day for the emergency services yesterday after five casualties were treated in five separate incidents in the Comeraghs in County Waterford.

A 50-year-old man was first to be airlifted by Rescue 117 and taken to University Hospital Waterford.

A young woman was the second callout The South East Mountain Rescue Association responded to - she was also airlifted by 117 and brought to hospital.

The mountain rescue team carried a young man with leg injuries off the mountain later in the afternoon as the helicopter was fog bound.

In two more incidents, a woman and man were assisted off the mountain and treated locally.

All five incidents happened in the Coumshingaun area between midday and 6pm.

Meanwhile, the RNLI in Bundoran has issued an appeal to anyone planning a trip to the area of the potential dangers after several members of the Fermanagh minor football GAA team were rescued from the sea.

Eight members of the squad and a coach were transferred to Sligo University hospital for check-ups after they were rescued from a rip-tide by surfers.

 The surfers included a member of the Bundoran RNLI lifeboat which was called to the scene off Tullan Strand, Bundoran.

It was close to the area where 28-year-old Irish Army soldier Gavin Carey drowned in August last year

Yesterday’s mid-day rescue happened after members of the Fermanagh minor squad finished a training stint on the beach.

Garda Supt Colm Nevin said they went into the water to cool down after their exercise.

 He said: “They were only in the sea up to their knee and they were suddenly swept out by an underwater rip current.

"We would remind locals and visitors alike that Tullan Strand and particularly the area along the cliffs is notorious for rip currents and under currents and is really not suitable for swimming.”