Access all areas as coastguard gets new wheels

By Maria Pepper

Pat Murphy, Equipment Officer with Curracloe Coastguard; Brendan Keville, Deputy Officer in Charge and Training Officer; and Officer in Charge Frank Murphy, beside the new Polaris ATV.
Pat Murphy, Equipment Officer with Curracloe Coastguard; Brendan Keville, Deputy Officer in Charge and Training Officer; and Officer in Charge Frank Murphy, beside the new Polaris ATV.

A new all-terrain vehicle in the ownership of Curracloe Coastguard wasn't sitting around for very long before being involved in an emergency rescue on the local beach.

The shiny Polaris ATV provided by the National Coastguard was called into action a few days after being delivered when an incident occurred on Curracloe beach.

The Coastguard was tasked to assist a HSE ambulance crew who were responding to a 999 call for medical help for a man who developed chest pains while walking along the beach to the car park.

His wife who was with him at the time telephoned for help and the Coastguard unit was asked to assist in transporting him from the beach to a waiting ambulance at the White Gap car park.

Frank Murphy, Officer in Charge of Curracloe Coastguard said the new ATV was ideal for the purpose as it could travel on the sand. The team had recently recently received training in its use in Portlaoise. Standard quads are being replaced by ATV's in Coastguard units around the country as they have a crew cab and are safer.

'We had been waiting for the vehicle for some time and it proved to be an essential asset. Thankfully, the incident had a happy ending and the man was transferred to hospital for treatment,' he said.

'The whole incident was completed in a very short time but without the vehicle things could have been very different as the man was quite far from the beach entrances,' added Frank who thanked the Coastguard team for their quick response.

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