An 85-year-old woman was airlifted to hospital yesterday after she suffered a heart attack while attending a relatives funeral in North Clare.
The Irish Coast Guard search and rescue helicopter based at Shannon Airport landed in a field next to the graveyard after it was called into operate in an air ambulance role.
The woman, understood to be from the Midlands, had travelled to Doolin for the funeral and was attending the burial ceremony when she collapsed.
Several mourners rushed to help the woman while the emergency services were called.
A local doctor and an ambulance from Ennistymon rushed to the scene while the local unit of the Irish Coast Guard was requested to assist.
Volunteers from the Doolin unit secured a landing site for the helicopter in a field next to the graveyard.
The doctor and paramedics worked together to resuscitate the woman before she was transferred to the helicopter and airlifted to University Hospital Galway.
Meanwhile, a young man seriously injured in a workplace accident in Clare on Friday is recovering in hospital after emergency surgery.
It’s understood that the man caught his arm in a pasta machine while working in the kitchen of restaurant in the resort town of Lahinch.
The man in his 20’s, understood to be a non-Irish national, had been working in the kitchen of the premises when the accident occurred.
Fire brigade personnel had to use cutting equipment to free the man from the machine. It’s understood that the casualty’s arm was still entangled in part of the machine when he was taken from the scene.
Members of the Doolin unit of the Irish Coast Guard cleared a landing site on the beach for the helicopter where a canister of orange smoke marked the landing zone and provided the helicopter crew with an indication of the wind direction at the scene.
The injured man was airlifted to University Hospital Galway for emergency treatment.
The Shannon based helicopter crews carried out a total of 342 air ambulance missions on behalf of the HSE’s Emergency Aeromedical Service last year.
The Air Corps, which has operated pilot EAS service since June 2012, undertook 353 additional missions for the EAS in 2014.
The Minister for Health is said to close to formally establishing the EAS as an official service following a successful trial.