Man rescued from island in Shannon Estuary

Man rescued from island in Shannon Estuary

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A man is recovering in hospital after he was rescued from an island in the Shannon Estuary last night.

The man managed to make it safely ashore after his yacht ran aground off Kildysart.

It’s understood that the alarm was raised at around 11.30pm by a member of the public who saw the incident unfold from the shore.

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

Conditions at the time were too dangerous to launch the Kilrush RNLI lifeboat so the Shannon based search and rescue helicopter, Rescue 115, was tasked to undertake a rescue operation.

The helicopter crew was able to locate the man using the aircraft’s infra-red camera equipment. A member of the crew was winched onto the island and after carrying out an initial medical assessment, the casualty was taken on board.

It was established that the man was suffering from hypothermia and was flown to University Hospital Limerick for treatment.

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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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