Man airlifted to hospital after being pulled from sea

Man airlifted to hospital after being pulled from sea


Coast Guard volunteers and ambulance paramedics prepare the man for the airlift – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

An elderly man has been airlifted to hospital after he was rescued from the sea in Co Clare this afternoon.

The man in his early 70’s had been shore angling with friends near Blackhead Lighthouse in the north of the county. It’s understood he lost his footing and fell into the sea at around 2.00pm.

He managed to stay close to the rocks and was pulled from the water by friends after about five minutes. In the meantime, the alarm was raised by other anglers.

The Doolin unit of the Irish Coast Guard was alerted. Volunteers had been dealing with another incident at the Cliffs of Moher at the time and were able to respond quickly.

The man was airlifted from the scene to University Hospital Galway – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

An ambulance was also sent from Ennis as the local ambulance based at Ennistymon was engaged with another call.

The Shannon based Irish Coast Guard helicopter – Rescue 115 – was also requested to assist and reached the scene within minutes as the crew had already been involved in a mission in Galway Bay.

The man was tended to by other anglers until emergency crews arrived. He was airlifted to University Hospital Galway about 90 minutes after being pulled from the water.

The man was said to be in good spirits after his ordeal.

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.