DAN­GLING ON THE BRINK

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - NEWS - By TADHG EVANS

A YOUNG Tai­wanese cou­ple emerged un­in­jured and smil­ing after a fright­en­ing in­ci­dent left their car dan­gling on the edge of one of the county’s most fa­mous view­ing ar­eas.

Ladies View Café’s Ray­mond O’Shea was work­ing on the rooftop of the build­ing at around 12.20pm on Fri­day af­ter­noon when a bang drew his at­ten­tion to the small car park across from the build­ing.

“I heard the bang be­cause they hit the small wall along the edge of the car park,” Ray­mond told The Ker­ry­man. “Next thing, he [the driver] started revving the en­gine, but in­stead of re­vers­ing, the car went for­ward and over the wall. Ev­ery­one look­ing was frozen to the spot, and in that sec­ond I was pray­ing the car would come to a stop – and thank­fully it did after it hit a rock down from the wall.”

Ray­mond said he got down from the roof and made his way to­wards the black Re­nault. But as ev­ery­one in the area was ap­proach­ing the dan­gling car to aid the cou­ple, the pas­sen­ger and driver doors swung open, and a man and woman, both aged in their 20s, clam­bered out.

“The drop isn’t that sheer, but the car could have som­er­saulted down the hill, and it could have been far more se­ri­ous; it could have been tragic” Ray­mond said.

“We brought them into the café for a good hot drink, but they def­i­nitely saw a funny side to what hap­pened. They were un­in­jured, and they were smil­ing away. Once they were okay, that was the main thing.

“They got in con­tact with the car rental com­pany to sort out a re­place­ment ve­hi­cle, and the their old car was towed away at around 4pm. They weren’t sure how they were going to get on to Din­gle [the next des­ti­na­tion on their holiday] but a lady very kindly brought them to Kil­lar­ney and sorted them out for a place to stay.”

“The fol­low­ing day, the Tai­wanese Em­bassy called the café, hav­ing heard the story, and they thanked all those who had helped. The cou­ple them­selves phoned us also the day after to thank us once again,” Ray­mond said.

“They were in good spir­its. I think they were going from Din­gle and on to Gal­way, so they didn’t let it ruin their holiday.”

Photo by Ray­mond O’Shea

A screen grab of the car that was dan­gling pre­car­i­ously from the car park at Ladies View.

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