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Coastguard Rescue near Sandycove
The Irish Coast Guard helicopter performed a rescue of at least two people today just 400m south of the famous 'Forty Foot' in Sandycove. A few samples of over a hundred pictures of the incident are shown here.
The helicopter is based at Dublin Airport, just a few miles north of the city, and can scramble to any trouble in a matter of minutes.
The winchman prepares his stretcher as the helicopter approaches the scene.
Approaching the rocks about 400m south of the Forty Foot (where the photographer was!), the helicopter made several sorties.
The first casualty, who appears to be conscious, is winched up.
First, the the winchman, who is a trained paramedic, was lowered to assist the casualties on the shore beyond the rocks. Then a stretcher was lowered for one of the casualties. While one casualty was being placed in the stretcher, the other was raised into the helicopter. Finally, the more serious casualty was raised as shown below.
The stretcher casualty, steadied by the Coast Guard Winchman, is raised off the rocks.
The stretcher is held below the helicopter ready to be taken on board.
* Thanks to the Lifeguards at Sandycove (on their first day on duty!) for their assistance.