Cries for help spark river search

Cries for help spark river search


File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

A man was rescued from a river in Co Clare last night after locals reported hearing cries for help.

The alarm was raised at around 9.15pm when gardaí were contacted amid fears that someone was in difficulty in the River Fergus near Clarecastle.

Gardaí responded to the scene and requested assistance from Clare Civil Defence who mobilised members of their Swift Water Rescue unit.

Conditions were too dangerous to launch a rescue boat so gardaí and Civil Defence volunteers carried a search of the riverbank at the rear of the Roche Ireland plant.

After about an hour, a man was located clinging to the riverbank about a kilometre from the old quay in Clarecastle.

The casualty was carried ashore by Civil Defence members and handed over to the care of HSE paramedics. He was assessed and treated at the scene before being removed to University Hospital Limerick for treatment.

It’s understood the man in his 20’s was suffering from hypothermia and exhaustion.

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.