A woman is lucky to be alive after a giant wave swept her off a cliff in Ireland.

The 21-year-old tourist was at the Wormhole on the Aran Islands when a giant wave sent her tumbling on to the rocks 40 feet below.

Incredibly, the woman only suffered a broken ankle and some minor scrapes, and she credits the water with cushioning her fall.

The Irish Times reported that paramedic Seamus McCarthy and teacher Fionnuala Quigley saw the tourist's fall and jumped into action.

The couple used a jacket tied to a backpack to pull the woman to safety.

Read more from the Irish Times below:

The makeshift rescue rope was lowered to Ms Gupta. She tightened the backpack around her waist while Mr McCarthy and another visitor managed to pull her slowly up the cliff face with one arm of the jacket.

“It was still dangerous on the cliff ledge and we sat her down to calm her before getting her all the way to safety,” Mr McCarthy said.

He managed to [stabilize] her ankle and kept her warm before the rescue helicopter arrived and whisked her across Galway Bay to a hospital.

Watch the incident unfold in the video below.

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