Missing teenager located and airlifted to hospital

Missing teenager located and airlifted to hospital


Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015
Volunteers from Killaloe Coast Guard assisted in the search – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015

A teenage girl reported missing in Co Clare earlier today has been located by gardaí and airlifted to hospital.

The 16-year-old;s raised the alarm at around lunchtime after they became concerned for her safety.

A large number of gardaí and volunteers from the Killaloe unit of the Irish Coast Guard searched a wooded area near Cratloe for several hours today.

The Shannon based search and rescue helicopter was also requested to assist following a reported sighting of the girl close to Cratloe Woods.

The teenager was located by gardaí at around 6.00pm and taken to Cratloe by car to meet an ambulance.

After being assessed by paramedics it was decided the girl should be airlifted to hospital.

The Irish Coast Guard helicopter landed at the local GAA field where the girl was transferred to their care.

She was flown to University Hospital Limerick where she is undergoing 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.