Incidents at Downings and Rosbeg Piers

A man injured in a freak accident in Downings on Monday when he was knocked off a pier and fell 40ft onto a boat, is recovering in hospital.

A man injured in a freak accident in Downings on Monday when he was knocked off a pier and fell 40ft onto a boat, is recovering in hospital.

Named locally as Patrick McGeever, a native of Carrigart living in Downings, he was rushed to hospital on Monday afternoon after the incident.

He was working at unloading containers from a crab fishing vessel at approximately 1pm on Monday when high winds unhinged the door of the truck being filled with the boxes, striking Mr. McGeever and throwing him on to the deck of the boat below.

He was knocked unconscious by the fall and suffered a number of serious injuries, including head and leg injuries.

Malin Head Coast Guard Radio station alerted the Mulroy Coast Guard following an emergency call and the ambulance service was also quickly on the scene.

The Coastguard helicopter was scrambled from Sligo and was also at the scene within a very short time.

Mr. McGeever, who is in his 40s, was manually lifted from the fishing vessel and brought to the local GAA pitch a short distance away where he was then transferred to the helicopter that took him to Letterkenny General Hospital.

Meanwhile, a quick-thinking local man is being credited with averting a potentially dangerous outcome after a car entered the sea at Rosbeg Pier yesterday afternoon.

It is understood the car was being driven by a middle aged woman from the county when it went over the pier at approximately 2pm. She was the sole occupant of the vehicle.

A number of poeple saw the emergency unfold, while one brave eye-witness was able to get to the occupant in the car and rescue her. The woman was later taken to Letterkenny General Hospital