Man rescued after falling from cliff

Man rescued after falling from cliff


Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015
Irish Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 115 – File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015

A young man has been airlifted to hospital after he fell from a 25 metre cliff near Lahinch early today.

The alarm was raised at around 5.00am when the man in his 20’s is understood to have lost his footing on the cliff on the outskirts of Lahinch. The man was part of a small group that had been socialising.

After falling, the man landed in water but was pulled ashore within minutes by one of the group. The alarm was raised by another of the man’s friends.

Members of the Doolin unit of the Irish Coast Guard along with an ambulance form nearby Ennistymon were alerted and rushed to the scene.

The Shannon based Irish Coast Guard search and rescue helicopter was requested to airlift the injured man to hospital.

Paramedics and Coast Guard volunteers reached the casualty who was placed in a stretcher and winched from the based of the cliff onto the helicopter.

He was then flown to Galway University Hospital 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.