Tragedy after caravan blows off cliff with woman inside

A woman has died after her caravan blew off a cliff with her inside as Storm Ali ravages the UK and Ireland.

The woman, believed to be in her 50s, was inside the vehicle which fell down a rocky drop in Claddaghduff, County Galway, on Wednesday morning.

Police and emergency services attended the scene, though the woman was later pronounced dead.

“A search was carried out at the scene on the beach and after a short time the body of a female in her 50s was recovered,” Irish Police said.

The caravan lay completely destroyed on the beach’s rock following the fall. Source: Getty

She is believed to have been visiting the area on holiday.

As Ali rolled in on Wednesday morning the Met Office updated its amber weather warning of wind, saying there is now a high likelihood of impacts across a swathe of the UK.

Forecasters have warned of gusts of 605-120km/h inland across Northern Ireland, parts of Scotland, north-east England and north-west England.

The roof of the caravan washed against the rocks below. Source: Sunrise
It is understood the woman was visiting the area when the vehicle was blown off. Source: Sunrise

Travel disruption, power cuts and flying debris are possible as the storm sweeps through, with severe gales and heavy rain forecast for a large part of the UK.

A total of 55,000 homes and businesses, mainly in the south-west of Ireland, have been left without power due to the bad weather brought by Storm Ali, the Electricity Supply Board (ESB) said.

Forecasters have issued a Status Orange wind warning for more than half the country due to the storm.