Volunteer describes rescue of elderly couple stranded by up to 5 feet of water

Members of Killarney Water Rescue - Search & Recovery Unit, John  O'Loughlin, Eilish McCarthy and Jimmy Sweetman on the Loo Bridge Road, Glenflesk after rescuing an elderly couple whose house got flooded as a result of Storm Desmond. Photo:Valerie O'SullivanA volunteer has been describing the rescue of an elderly couple who were trapped in their bungalow after being stranded by up to five feet of water. The  rescue operation which lasted more than five hours  evacuated the stranded couple who live near Loo Bridge last evening. The Killarney Water Rescue Unit co-ordinated the complex plan to rescue the elderly man and woman as there was flooding on two roads near the couple’s home. Nine people including a doctor and paramedics were involved in the operation. John O’Loughlin is a member of the Killarney Water Rescue Unit team that rescued the couple who live at Foiladown near Loo Bridge. Paramedics were hampered by flooding on the main Cork-Killarney road. But they got help from a Welsh man on holidays whom they met at Glenflesk Post Office. [audio_player src=”http://media.radiokerry.ie/mediamanager/embed/audio/49491/medium/”] The Welsh tourist drove the paramedics along the main road as far as the turn off for Foiladown, a local road which had up to five feet of flood water. It was not possible for the jeep to go any further. But the Killarney Water Rescue Unit team had two inflatable boats waiting to bring the paramedics and later a doctor to help the couple. [audio_player src=”http://media.radiokerry.ie/mediamanager/embed/audio/49492/medium/”] The medical team decided the couple did not need to be brought to hospital and they were taken to a neighbour’s home where they’re said to be well.