Teenager airlifted to hospital after boating accident

Teenager airlifted to hospital after boating accident


Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015
The Shannon based Irish Coast Guard helicopter airlifted the boy to hospital – File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015

A teenage boy has been airlifted to hospital after he was injured in a boating accident this afternoon.

The incident occurred at around 3.20pm in Kilkee Bay in Co Clare.

A 17-year-old is understood to have been on board a pleasure boat that landed heavily after hitting a wave. The teen is believed to have sustained head injuries when fell on board the craft.

The boat made it’s way to the slipway in Kilkee where the alarm was raised.

The Irish Coast Guard marine rescue sub station on Valentia Island in Kerry was alerted and they in turn mobilised the local volunteer unit. A HSE ambulance was also requested to attend.

Kilkee Coast Guard volunteers met the boat at the slipway and administered first aid until the ambulance arrived.

Kilkee Coast Guard Station
  Kilkee Coast Guard base- Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015

The Shannon based search and rescue helicopter, Rescue 115, was requested to airlift the patient to hospital and landed at the local GAA pitch.

The injured teen was then taken by road ambulance to the pitch to meet the helicopter before being airlifted to University Hospital Limerick for 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.