Man airlifted to hospital after climbing accident

Man airlifted to hospital after climbing accident


File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017
A man was airlifted to hospital on Wednesday afternoon after he fell about five metres while rock climbing in Co Clare.
The accident happened at a well known climbing area at Ailladee on the Lisdoonvarna to Ballyvaughan road.
The alarm was raised at around 3.30pm when a man, believed to be an Italian in his 30’s, was reported to have fallen about 5 metres (15 feet) while climbing a rock face.
The Doolin unit of the Irish Coast Guard, National Ambulance Service and Gardaí were sent to the scene while the Shannon based search and rescue helicopter, Rescue 115, was also requested to assist.
The man was quickly located by Coast Guard volunteers who administered emergency first aid until ambulance paramedics arrived.
After being treated and stabilised by medics, the man was taken on board Rescue 115 and flown to University Hospital Limerick for further care.
The man is understood to have suffered multiple fractures but his injuries are not life threatening.
Emergency service have responded to several similar incidents in the same area in recent years.

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.