Surfer injured in Lahinch incident

Surfer injured in Lahinch incident


File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

A surfer was injured in an incident in Lahinch on Thursday afternoon.

Clare County Council lifeguards based at the North Clare beach were alerted to the incident and notified the ambulance service.

Ambulance paramedics requested additional help with recovering the injured man so the Doolin unit of the Irish Coast Guard was called on to assist.

Coast Guard volunteers soon located the casualty and assisted the lifeguards to transfer the man to the waiting ambulance.

The casualty was removed to University Hospital Limerick for treatment. It’s understood he may have suffered a fracture ankle.


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.