Three teenagers winched to safety after being trapped by the tide off Cork coast

One of the boys has been flown to Cork University Hospital for medical assessment amid concerns they were showing signs of hypothermia.
Three teenagers winched to safety after being trapped by the tide off Cork coast

Coastguard Rescue helicopter 117, together with members of the Crosshaven lifeboat crew, responded to the incident. Picture: Audrey Buckley

Three people were winched to safety after getting trapped by the tide off the Cork coast this evening.

The Coast Guard rescue helicopter, Rescue 117, and members of the Crosshaven RNLI were tasked by Valentia Coast Guard to the incident at the base of cliffs between Myrtleville and Church Bay at around 6.20pm. 

It is understood the three - all of whom are boys in their late teens - had been cut off by the rising tide. 

The Atlantic 85 lifeboat 'John & Janet' sped to the boys' location along with Crosshaven Coast Guard.

When the lifeboat was unable to get close inshore to the casualties, Crewman Derek Moynan swam in to check on the condition of the three males. 

Rescue Helicopter 117 from Waterford was requested and arrived overhead shortly afterwards.

From there, the three were successfully winched to safety.  One of the boys was then flown to Cork University Hospital (CUH) for medical assessment amid concerns they were showing signs of hypothermia.

Crosshaven coast guard boat and shore unit were also involved in this afternoon's rescue operation.

There are no other reports of any serious injuries at this stage.

The Crosshaven lifeboat crew recovered their crewman and returned to station at 8.15pm.

The RNLI crew involved in this operation included Alan Venner, Derek Moynan, Aidan O’Connor and Norman Jackson.

The shore crew members were Jenna O’Shea, Molly Murphy, Jon Meaney and Sandra Farrell.

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