Clonakilty Marathon a victim of Storm Desmond

December 5th, 2015 9:10 AM

By Siobhan Cronin

The notice posted in Clonakilty this morning to announce the postponement of the Clonakilty Marathon

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As the full effects of Storm Desmond are surveyed, the organisers of the Clonakilty Marathon have decided to postpone the event, due to flooding on the course.

The marathon, which was due to take place today, has had to be postponed, because after stewards inspected the course in the early hours of today, it was agreed that it needed to be postponed, due to heavy flooding in some parts of the route.

Stewards felt they had no option, for safety reasons, but to postpone the event.

The marathon is the latest victim of the strong winds and heavy rain caused in the last 24 hours by Storm Desmond which is set to continue battering the country today.

Meanwhile, two rescue helicopters were called out to airlift a crewman from a container ship south of the Fastnet Rock yesterday, as the high winds began to take hold.

The Waterford and Shannon-based rescue services were enlisted, and a 54-year-old Filipino crew member was winched from the deck of the Panama-registered ship - the Atlantic Cartier – and the crewman was then airlifted to CUH in Cork.
The ship was en route from Halifax in Canada to Liverpool when the incident occured and the ship has continued to Liverpool this morning.

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