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MUM & SON KILLED IN CLIFF PLUNGE; Rescue crews lift bodies from the sea.

Byline: By GORDON DEEGAN and PAT FLYNN

A YOUNG mum and her four-year-old son plunged to their deaths at the Cliffs of Moher yesterday.

Rescue crews lifted their bodies from the sea soon after the alarm was raised at 3.20pm.

The woman, 26, had been spotted walking outside the safety area and the alarm was raised when she and her son did not return to their tour bus and a ranger then spotted two bodies in the water.

It is believed the woman bought a day-trip ticket for the cliffs early yesterday at Eyre Square in Galway city and arrived at the Co Clare tourist spot around 3pm.

Doolin Coastguard team leader Mattie Shannon said the alert came in at 3.20pm.

A rescue crew was brought together and two boats were launched within 15 minutes.

Mr Shannon added: "Valentia Coastguard Radio alerted us and we assembled at our station in Doolin.

"We launched the boats from Doolin pier and went immediately to where a body was seen in the water.

"The alarm was raised by a ranger at the Cliffs of Moher who saw what he thought was a body in the sea at the base of the cliffs.

"One of our boats arrived on scene and recovered both casualties who were taken to Doolin Pier."

The bodies were found in the water 200 metres south of the designated visitor walking area, towards Hag's Head.

Despite efforts to save the pair they were pronounced dead around 5pm at Galway University Hospital where they had been airlifted by the Coastguard helicopter.

It is believed the woman, originally from Charleville in Co Cork, was dead on arrival while hospital medical teams had battled to save the boy after the Coastguard team tried to revive him at the pier.

A Garda spokesman said: "We are still trying to ascertain the circumstances surrounding the deaths of the two people."

The dead woman's mother was last night making the trip to hospital to identify the bodies.

Tourists and local people who were at the Cliffs of Moher yesterday have been interviewed by gardai and postmortems are expected to be carried out today.

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