Man found injured at base of cliff

Man found injured at base of cliff


The operation was coordinated by the Irish Coast Guard - Photo: © Pat Flynn 2014
The operation was coordinated by the Irish Coast Guard – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2014

A man is recovering in hospital after he was found injured at the case of a low cliff in Co Clare early yesterday (Monday).

The casualty had to transported along a beach by rescue teams before he was transported to hospital for treatment.

The alarm was raised at around 12.30am where a number of calls were made to the Irish Coast Guard. It took some time for the location of the incident to be identified and confirmed as the information provided by the callers was inaccurate and conflicting.

Once the location was confirmed, members of the Kilkee unit of the Coast Guard and gardaí went to the an area near Seafield, Quilty.

They discovered a man in his 30’s lying at the base of a 15 foot cliff and a car with it’s rear wheels hanging over the edge. There were several other men in the area at the time where they are understood to have been camping and drinking.

An ambulance from Ennistymon and a rapid response advanced paramedic unit from Ennis also responded to the incident.

Coast Guard personnel treated and immobilised the injured man before transporting along the beach and up onto the roadway to the waiting ambulance.

The casualty was taken to University Hospital Limerick for treatment. He’s understood to have sustained internal injuries which are not thought to be life threatening.

The fire brigade from Ennistymon was also requested to attend the scene to secure the vehicle.

Gardaí sealed off the area initially until they established all the circumstance of the incident. The injured man is understood to have told gardaí at the hospital the he had stepped out of the car and fell off the edge.

Gardaí from Ennistymon have confirmed they are treating the incident as an accident.

Meanwhile, the Doolin Coast Guard team was called out on Sunday to assist a woman who was injured in a fall near the village.

The woman had been travelling along a walking route between Doolin and the Cliffs of Moher when she fell and broke her ankle.

Rescue teams administered first aid to the injured woman until paramedics arrived and then assisted with transporting her to the ambulance.

The woman was taken to hospital in Limerick for treatment.

Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.