A man (40 years old) trapped in a cave in Co Mayo was rescued

A man (aged 40) trapped in a sea cave in Co Mayo since yesterday was rescued this afternoon after a major operation began.

The man was taken out of the cave he has been in since yesterday and has since been flown to the hospital. However, he was able to board the plane.

The spectators, who clapped, were greatly relieved when it turned out that he was safe. The man was pulled up the cliff face by rescue workers and then boarded the Coast Guard helicopter around 4:08pm.

A spokesman for the Malin Head Coastguard had confirmed the man had safely exited the cave and rescue helicopter 118 was at the scene.

He was described as “in good spirits” earlier this morning as the major rescue operation began.

Gardaí and emergency services had remained at the scene in the Downpatrick Head area.

Rescuers had hoped an afternoon low tide would allow them to safely free the man trapped overnight in a sea cave near Downpatrick Head in north Mayo.

Rescue teams, which include members of the Irish Cave Rescue Unit, were on hand to attempt the rescue when the tide will be at its lowest.

Speaking to Independent.ie today ahead of the rescue, Ballyglass Coastguard Michael Hurst said: “It’s been a long night for him.

“He’s in good spirits. The lifeboats check him every half hour.

“You call him and he can confirm they’re there and move his arms and legs.

“He’s high up. It’s about ten feet up in the cave, so it’s dry. He is very happy.

“But the thing is, he’s so close and yet so far.

“We have to keep everyone safe.

“He was with a partner and as far as we know they kayaked in the area and chose to walk around the cliffs at low tide.

“When the water level is very low, you can walk around the cliffs and people often take photos there.

“It was just a freak wave.

“He is an experienced cave rescuer himself, he knows the area and the conditions. You just got caught in a freak wave.

“There were kayakers who managed to grab it but unfortunately he pushed his way into the cave and couldn’t get out.

“Many of his colleagues are there now, helping with the rescue.”

A number of Coastguard units were on site along with the RNLI Lifeboat from Ballyglass, Coastguard Rescue Helicopter from Sligo, Mayo County Fire Service, Civil Defense and Irish Cave Rescue.

A spokesman for the Malin Head Coastguard said they were tasked with the scene.

A spokesman for the Irish Coastguard had said the situation had been ongoing since they received an initial warning on Saturday afternoon.

“The Malin Head Rescue Coordination Sub-Center, in conjunction with the other emergency services, is currently coordinating a rescue operation for a man trapped in a cave at Downpatrick Head on the North Mayo coast,” the spokesman said.

Garda Superintendent Gabriel Moran told the rescue center today that the couple got into trouble when they were washed off a rocky outcrop by a swell last night.

“The male managed to get onto a ledge where he stayed overnight.

“We were able to keep in touch with him throughout the night and throughout the morning.”

https://www.independent.ie/news/man-40s-trapped-in-cave-in-co-mayo-has-been-rescued-41997891.html A man (40 years old) trapped in a cave in Co Mayo was rescued

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