Teenager airlifted to hospital after cliff fall

Teenager airlifted to hospital after cliff fall

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Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015
 Rescue 115 winched Coast Guard personnel and a paramedic down to the boy – File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015

A teenage tourist has been airlifted to hospital after he fell from a cliff in Co Clare this morning.

The 14-year-old boy, who had been visiting the Loop Head Peninsula with his family, fell about 30ft at the popular Bridges of Ross.

The alarm was raised at around 9.30am and the Kilkee unit of the Irish Coast Guard and Shannon based search and rescue helicopter were sent to the scene.

Gardaí and an ambulance from Kilrush were also alerted.

The teenager, understood to be German, was located by rescuers a short distance from a visitor carpark.

Bridges Of Ross
Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015

In an operation that took over an hour, Coast Guard personnel and a HSE paramedic were winched down to the ledge by the helicopter crew.

The injured teen assessed and stabilised before being taken on board the helicopter.

The boy has been airlifted to University Hospital Limerick for treatment. Its understood he sustained multiple injuries including fractures.

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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.

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