Man who fell ill on flight is US baseball legend

Man who fell ill on flight is US baseball legend

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A man who suffered a heart attack on a flight from Shannon to the US on Thursday is a former American baseball player.

New York Mets legend Rusty Staub fell ill on a United Airlines flight on Thursday morning.

71-year-old Mr Staub, who played for the Mets in the 70’s and 80’s, is continuing his recovery at University Hospital Limerick.

The baseball legend was on board United Airlines flight UA-24 which returned to Shannon after turning around over the Atlantic.

The crew reported contacted air traffic controllers at Shannon and advised them that a passenger on board had suffered a suspected heart attack.

There were two doctors on board the flight and they helped resuscitate Mr Staub while the flight returned to the airport.

He was later rushed to hospital for treatment. The flight was later cancelled and passengers accommodated in local hotels on Thursday night.

A statement from the New York Mets said Mr Staub is ‘resting comfortably in a hospital’ and that his prognosis is ‘good’.

“Rusty and his family ask that we respect his privacy during this period. He is in the thoughts and prayers of the Mets organisation,” the statement added.

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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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