Dramatic rescue of 71-year-old woman at Slieve League

Dramatic rescue of 71-year-old woman at Slieve League
Killybegs Coast Guard assisted in the dramatic rescue of a 71-year-old woman at Slieve League yesterday evening.

Killybegs Coast Guard assisted in the dramatic rescue of a 71-year-old woman at Slieve League yesterday evening.

The alarm was raised at 5.52pm. The woman, one of three sisters visiting from Northern Ireland, is understood to have taken a wrong turn on a path, slippped, and found herself trapped on a ledge in a ravine 400 metres below the cliff top.

Two of the sisters were walking from Bunglass car park to Malinbeg but lost sight of each other. When one returned to the car park, she raised the alarm.

Malin Head Coast Guard co-ordinated the search and rescue operation, which involved gardai, Killybegs Coast Guard and the Coast Guard Rescue 118 helicopter from Sligo as well as members of both Donegal and Sligo-Leitrim Mountain Rescue teams.

Approximately one and a half hours into the search, the rescue helicopter had to return to base to re-fuel.

Four members of Killybegs Coast Guard’s cliff rescue team located the woman. She was in the same ravine where Cormac Nolan had fallen and was rescued from on New Year’s Day.

When the helicopter returned, the woman, who was uninjured, was winched to safety.

She was taken to Sligo General Hospital as a precaution and discharged a short time later.

Shane McCrudden, PRO for Killybegs Coast Guard, says the woman’s “exceptional fitness” stood her in good stead.

“There’s no doubt that this lady’s exceptional fitness helped her in this situation, given that she was out such a long time and it was such a hot day. She had no water or sun cream, so we were pretty concerned about her.

“Thanks to everyone involved in the rescue. In this case, local knowledge of Slieve League was a critical factor in its success.”

Watch the dramatic video footage of the rescue clickhere.