Man rescued after fall in Donegal
A man who was injured while out walking in Co Donegal yesterday has been brought to hospital after a 12 hour rescue operation involving the Irish Coast Guard.
A rescue team from the Killybegs Coast Guard helped the 28-year-old to safety at about midnight after the Sligo-based Coast Guard helicopter failed in its efforts to lift him from cliffs at Slieve League in poor weather conditions.
The man reportedly slipped and fell, injuring his back and knee. A rescue operation was launched after he used his mobile phone to raise the alarm.
He was taken to Sligo General Hospital where his injuries are not believed to be life threatening.
The Coast Guard saved over 160 lives in 2012, responding to almost 2,000 incidents: the busiest year since the search and rescue service was formed in 1822.
Crews recovered 88 bodies during 2012, also the highest number on record.