Man in critical condition after sea rescue

Man in critical condition after sea rescue

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Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

 

Update:

The man was pronounced dead after arriving at hospital.

He is understood to be aged 30, from Hungary and living in Co Galway.

Earlier: A man has been airlifted to hospital in a critical condition after he was washed into the sea in Co Clare this afternoon.

The man, is believed to have been taking photographs at the base of a cliff at Creeragh off the Dunlicky coast road near Kilkee. It’s understood he was struck by a rogue wave and washed into the sea.

The man is understood to have made his way down to the base of a cliff before he was swept off the rocks.

Emergency services were alerted at around 3.30pm and a major search and rescue operation was mounted. Gardaí and volunteers from the Kilkee unit of the Irish Coast Guard were dispatched to the scene while the Shannon based Irish Coast Guard helicopter, Rescue 115, was also tasked to assist in the search.

The helicopter crew soon located the casualty and winched him on board the aircraft and rushed to University Hospital Limerick for treatment.

Gardaí are investigating the circumstances of the incident.

 

 

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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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