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Girl With Suspected Spinal Injuries Airlifted After Courtown Jet Ski Incident

13th August 2017
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RNLI volunteers assist one of the three kayakers who attempted to aid the rescue of the injured teenager Courtown Harbour RNLI volunteers assist one of the three kayakers who attempted to aid the rescue of the injured teenager Courtown Harbour Photo: RNLI/Mark Corcoran

#Rescue - The Arklow lifeboat joined Courtown RNLI and the Irish Coast Guard in a multi-agency rescue on Friday evening (11 August) after a teenage girl fell from an inflatable ‘doughnut’ being towed by a jet ski in Courtown Harbour.

Once on scene, around a mile east of Ardamine Beach south of Courtown, the Arklow lifeboat volunteers assisted their Courtown colleagued who were already in the water dealing with the casualty, a 13-year-old girl with suspected spinal injuries.

Arklow RNLI worked to clear the area of other vessels to allow for a safe airlift by the Waterford-based coastguard helicopter Rescue 117.

In the process, they picked up three other casualties — kayakers who had entered the water to assist in the rescue but found themselves adrift.

Independent.ie and The Irish Times have more on the story.

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MacDara Conroy

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