Swimmer airlifted to hospital after Clahane accident

Swimmer airlifted to hospital after Clahane accident

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File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

A man has been airlifted to hospital after he was injured in a swimming accident in Co Clare this evening.

The man, believed to be in his 40’s, had been diving into the sea at a popular bathing area at Clahane near Liscannor.

It’s understood he struck his head on rocks in the shallow water and sustained a serious injury.

The alarm was raised at around 5.00pm and the Irish Coast Guard and National Ambulance Service were requested to respond.

An ambulance and rapid response paramedic unit were dispatched to the scene while the Doolin unit of the Irish Coast Guard was also tasked.

The Shannon based search and rescue helicopter, Rescue 115, was  tasked as well.

Coast Guard volunteers had to clear onlookers from the local area so that the helicopter could land safely in a nearby field.

The man was assessed and treated at the scene before he was stretchered to the waiting helicopter.

The casualty was airlifted to University Hospital Galway for treatment however his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

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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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