Woman dies after fall on Cliffs of Moher

A young woman has died after falling from a cliff in County Clare this afternoon.

It is understood the woman, a student, had been visiting the Cliffs of Moher with three friends when she lost her balance and fell.

The group is believed to have mixed nationalities and is not based in Ireland.

The alarm was raised at around 1.20pm and a major search and rescue operation was carried out by watch officers at the Irish Coast Guard Rescue Coordination Center on Valentia Island in Kerry.

Members of the Coastguard’s Doolin Unit and Gardaí responded to the location, while the Shannon-based search and rescue helicopter was also deployed.

Rescue 115 was already airborne and en route to the Aran Islands for the training exercise when the crew was asked to proceed with the incident. The helicopter reached the search area within minutes.

The Aran Islands RNLI all-weather lifeboat was tasked to assist in the operation, while units from the Clare County Fire and Rescue Service were also dispatched to the scene from Ennistymon station.

Members of the Clare Civil Defense drone team were asked to be ready to assist in the search if necessary, but were later withdrawn.

A search of the area was conducted and a body was quickly found.

The Aran Island lifeboat crew recovered the body from the water and transported the remains to Doolin Pier where local coastguard volunteers and gardaí were waiting.

The body was then taken to Doolin Coast Guard Station where the woman was formally pronounced dead.

The body is expected to be transported by hearse to University Hospital Limerick where a post-mortem examination is expected to be carried out.

A Garda spokesperson confirmed: “Gardaí and emergency services conducted an operation this afternoon following reports of an incident at the Cliffs Moher. The body of a woman, in her early twenties, was pulled from the water by emergency services. Her body remains at the scene.”

The Cliffs of Moher are 214 meters high at their highest point and about 120 meters high at their southernmost end, at Hags Head, close to where today’s tragedy occurred.

In January 2019, a 26-year-old Indian national fell to his death while taking selfies at the world-famous tourist attraction.

In June 2007, a Hungarian man in his twenties died after falling on the Cliffs of Moher. It is understood the man, who had been visiting friends in Ireland this summer, was taking photos at the time.