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A member of the Ballinskelligs Inshore Rescue team has thanked the Coast Guard services for saving his life earlier this year.

Irish Coast Guard

Declan Kirby was among a group from the Coast Guard services in south Kerry to be honoured for their invaluable work at a civic reception at the South and West Kerry Municipal District meeting.

Representatives from Valentia Coast Guard Station, Dingle Coast Guard, Dingle Lifeboat, Derrynane Inshore Rescue, Ballinskelligs Inshore Rescue and Iveragh Coast Guard attended for the highest honour the local authority can bestow.

Tributes were paid by all councillors to the men and women and the invaluable service they provide to the county.

John Draper from Valentia Coast Guard Station said this year has been very busy to date in the region with 18 coastal search and rescue missions, 11 mountain rescues and 8 air ambulance missions by the Shannon Coast Guard.

One of those missions in January involved Declan Kirby a volunteer with Ballinskelligs Inshore Rescue for 9 years, whose irregular heartbeat condition caused his heart to beat 290 times a minute; something people rarely survive.

The Shannon Coast Guard Helicopter airlifted him from Renard GAA pitch to the centre of excellence in Limerick for treatment.

Mr Kirby thanked all of those involved in the life-saving operation and said the Coast Guard service including the helicopter cannot be overlooked and should be enhanced in every way.