A KILKENNY woman in her fifties was rescued by an Irish Coast Guard helicopter after she stumbled and broke her ankle on the Sheep’s Head Peninsula in County Cork on Thursday.
The casualty was part of a walking group on the Sheep’s Head when the accident occurred. The coast guard station at Valentia dispatched the new multi-million euro Sikorsky S-92 helicopter to rescue the walker. The group was making their way back from the lighthouse at the tip of the peninsula.
“We were all in our group and had made our way out to the lighthouse,” another member of the group from Kilkenny said. On our way back, one of our group lost her footing and twisted her ankle. We soon realised that she had in fact broken her ankle. We called for help and the ambulance and paramedic arrived really quickly,’ a member of the walking group said. The remote Sheep’s Head is located between the Beara and Mizen peninsulas in West Cork.
The emergency services, which included an ambulance and an emergency paramedic from Bantry General Hospital, made their way to the casualty but found that due to the nature of the injury and the terrain at the end of the peninsula it was considered unwise to remove the casualty over land. A spokesperson for the Irish Coast Guard said that the injured woman was transferred to Tralee General Hospital with a broken ankle.