Friday 18 January 2019

Father and son injured after helicopter crash lands in garden of home

The wreckage of the crash
The wreckage of the crash

A father and son were rushed to hospital last night after their helicopter crashed into a garden in the Cooley Mountains.

The two men had to be cut from the aircraft after emergency services arrived at the scene in Co Louth shortly after 5pm yesterday.

The crash occurred less than a kilometre south of Carlingford at the foot of Top Hill.

The injured pair were named locally last night as Donnie Marron and his son Dustin 'Dusty' Marron.

Retired businessman Donnie, who is in his 70s and is from Carlingford, was airlifted to Beaumont Hospital in Dublin by the Coast Guard and was being treated for his injuries last night. He is believed to be in a serious condition.


Dustin, who is in his 40s, was taken by ambulance to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda.

His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

Emergency services including the fire brigade, a Coast Guard unit and an ambulance crew attended the crash.

"Gardai at Dundalk, along with other emergency services, attended the scene of a helicopter crash at Top Hill, Carlingford, Co Louth," a garda spokeswoman said.

"A helicopter crash-landed in a garden at the foot of Top Hill.

"The pilot and passenger - both men, early 70s and mid-40s - were removed from the scene.

"One man was airlifted to Beaumont Hospital and is in a serious condition and the second man was taken to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda.

"The Air Navigation Investigation Unit has been notified. Investigations are continuing."

Gardai confirmed there was nobody in the property where the helicopter crashed at the time of the incident and there were no other injuries. They closed off the approach road to the scene for a time.

The investigation into what happened will be led by the Air Accident Investigation Unit in the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport.

It's understood the Marron family had once been involved in running a pub in Carlingford village. They were also known to have a home in Spain but are originally from Bridge Street in Dundalk.

Local woman Anne McCardle, who knows the family, said: "I heard a helicopter above and thought nothing of it, so I'm shocked.

"Donnie is a great fellow and usually he'd be in Spain this time of year so this is really unfortunate.

"He does play music down the local pub in Carlingford and is well known within the community."

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