Teenage girl found after massive search

Teenage girl found after massive search



Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015
The Killaloe unit of the Irish Coast Guard assisted An Garda with the search – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015

A teenage girl who had been missing from her home for several hours was airlifted to hospital yesterday following a massive search.

The 16-year-old’s was reported missing by her family at around 1.30pm after they became concerned for her safety.

Gardaí travelled to a wooded area close to Cratloe in Co Clare and commenced a search.

Additional officers joined the search however after more than an hour there was no sign of the teenager.

As gardaí grew increasingly concerned for the teenager’s welfare, additional resources were requested.

The Killaloe unit of the Irish Coast Guard was asked to assist the large number of gardaí who were already searching a wide area.

The Shannon based search and rescue helicopter was also called in following a reported sighting of the missing girl. As the helicopter searched the area, the crew was called to a more serious incident in west Clare and had to leave the area.

After several hours of searching, gardaí located the girl in Cratloe Woods at around 6.00pm. She was said to have been cold, wet and in a need of medical assistance.

Gardaí took the girl by car to the local GAA field in Cratloe where an ambulance from Ennis was standing by.

After being assessed by paramedics, the search and rescue helicopter was called and requested to land at the playing pitch and transport the girl to hospital.

The teenager was airlifted to the nearby University Hospital Limerick for treatment. The flight took just a few minutes.

The girl was reported to be in a ‘stable’ condition last night.


  1. Glad to hear the girl was found safe & hope she makes full recovery.
    I just don’t understand the logic involved in scrambling a helicopter to land at Cratloe GAA field where the patient was being treated in an ambulance. It’s noted the flight only took a few minutes; hardly surprising, it’s probably no more than 5 miles as the bird flies? The GAA field is less than a minute from the dual-carriageway; the tunnel is less than 5 minutes and the hospital could be reached by road in less than 10 – without flashing lights. What is the point in the helicopter – haste? something the ambulance couldn’t do? I don’t get it. I understand the use of it for the accident in Kilbaha, can’t see why it making sense in Cratloe.