Young boy critically ill after being recovered from sea

Young boy critically ill after being recovered from sea


The Doolin Coast Guard was involved in this evening’s search – Photo: © Pat Flynn, 2014

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.

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.