Man rescued from sea in Seafield

Man rescued from sea in Seafield


Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015
File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015

A man has been airlifted to hospital after he was pulled from the sea by a group of kayakers in Co Clare this morning.

The alarm was raised at around 10.30am when a body was seen floating in the sea close at Seafield near Quilty.

A group of 10 kayakers had just set out from a nearby slipway when they found the man. They pulled the casualty from the water and raised the alarm. It’s known that some of the kayakers are members of Clare Civil Defence.

It’s understood the kayakers were members of the West of Ireland Sea Kayaking Association (WISKA).

Ambulances from Ennistymon and Ennis responded to the incident along with gardaí and the Kilkee unit of the Irish Coast Guard.

The kayakers recovered the man to the slipway where he was taken into care by paramedics.

The Shannon based search and rescue helicopter had been training in the Loop Head area at the time and reached the scene within minutes.

The man, believed to be in his 60’s, has been 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.