Two people were rescued yesterday after they became stranded on a tiny island off the Clare coast.
The man and woman, understood to be in their early 20’s and from Tipperary, had walked out to Green Island at low tide.
The island, popular with fishermen, is located on the southern edge of Liscannor Bay about 8 kilometres from Lahinch and just a short distance from Rineen.
The island is accessible by scrambling across the rocks at low tide and stands about 5 metres above sea level.
The pair are understood to have made their way out to the island at round 5.00pm and were cut off before they realised it. They managed to raise the alarm by calling 999 using a mobile phone.
The call was redirected to the Irish Coast Guard marine rescue coordination centre located on Valentia Island in Co Kerry from where a search and rescue operation was mounted.
The Doolin unit of the Coast Guard was alerted and teams proceeded to the scene by road and water. One team launched a rescue boat from Doolin Pier while a second towed their boat to Liscannor from where they set off to search for the casualties.
Other personnel travelled to the area by road and had to access the scene by crossing several fields.
In the meantime, the rescue boats reached the island and took the casualties safely on board.
They were transported back to Liscannor Pier by Coast Guard volunteers who checked to ensure they didn’t require medical assistance. The pair were said to be cold while the woman was also described as being left ‘shaken’ by their ordeal.