A man was rescued from a dangerous situation in Connemara yesterday afternoon by the volunteer crew of the Clifden RNLI, together with Coast Guard helicopter personnel and Cleggan Coast Guard volunteers.

A couple were out walking at Slackport,a remote place on Slyne Head close to Ballyconneely, when the man fell on the shoreline, trapping his leg in rocks. He was trapped on the high water mark and unable to free himself and the rising spring tide gave cause for alarm as it was possible that it could reach his location.

The couple called for help and Clifden’s Atlantic 85 in-shore lifeboat was launche, followed by the Mersey class all weather lifeboat.

The Atlantic 85 was first on the scene and crew man Alan Pryce went ashore to assess the situation and administer first aid.

Members of Cleggan Coast Guard Unit and the winch man from the Sligo based Rescue 118 then arrived on scene and with the additional help they were able to safely manoeuvre the man into a position where he could be freed. Once freed and examined, his injuries were found to be minor and Rescue 118 airlifted him back to safety.

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