A 9-year-old boy has been airlifted to hospital after he fell into the sea in north Clare this evening.
It’s believed the young boy may have been in the water for over an hour before he was finally found by search and rescue crews.
The boy is understood to have fallen into the water near the lighthouse at Blackhead in the north west of the county.
The alarm was raised shortly after 9.00pm and search and rescue operation was quickly put into action.
The Doolin unit of the Coast Guard and the Shannon based search and rescue helicopter were involved in the search.
The boy was recovered from the water soon after 10.00pm and airlifted to Galway University Hospital where he’s reported to be in a critical condition.
The boy is understood to have been fishing with his father and another man at the time.