Tourist recovering in hospital following fall on Skellig Michael

An American tourist is being treated at Kerry General Hospital after falling while walking on Skellig Michael yesterday afternoon. She was brought ashore at Portmagee by Valentia Lifeboat, and was then brought to Tralee by ambulance. Helicopter Valentia Coastguard  was also involved in coming to the assistance of a female British sailor who got into difficulty while taking part in a race from Plymouth to Baltimore last night. The 57-year-old American  was visiting the Skelligs when she fell at Skellig Michael and sustained what was described as a nasty knee injury. Valentia Coastguard was alerted at 2.30pm, but conditions were deemed too foggy to dispatch a helicopter. She was then brought from the Skellig via lifeboat to Portmagee, where a waiting ambulance brought her to Kerry General Hospital. Meanwhile in a separate incident last night, Valentia Coastguard co-ordinated the rescue of a sailor who got into difficulty while participating in a boat race. The woman sent a text to her mother in the UK, who then contacted Humber Coastguard. Humber Coastguard raised the alarm with Dublin, and a Rescue 17 helicopter was launched from Waterford. The woman was located by Baltimore Lifeboat, just after 7pm, 12 miles south of the Old Head of Kinsale.

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