Surfer airlifted from cliff base after search

Surfer airlifted from cliff base after search


Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015
The man has been airlifted to University Hospital Galway for treatment – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015

A surfer is recovering in hospital after he was winched to safety from the base a cliff in north Clare this evening.

The man was reported missing at around 7.30pm although it’s believed he hadn’t been seen since around 5.00pm.

The Doolin and Kilkee units of the Irish Coast Guard along with the Aran Islands RNLI lifeboat were requested to commence a search of the area around Aill Na Searrach just north of the Cliffs of Moher.

The man had been surfing with a pal earlier however the second man had made it ashore safely. When there was no sign of the second surfer some time later, the alarm was raised.

The Shannon based search and rescue helicopter was not available at the time so the Irish Coast Guard crew from Sligo was requested to assist in the rescue operation.

The man was quickly located by search times but it was 9.45 before the casualty was finally airlifted to safety.

He’s been taken to University Hospital Galway where he’s being treated for mild hypothermia and minor injuries.

The operation was coordinated by the Irish Coast Guard marine rescue coordination centre on Valentia Island in Kerry.



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.