Man trapped under car airlifted to hospital

Man trapped under car airlifted to hospital


File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

A man has been airlifted to hospital after he became trapped beneath a car he had been working on in West Clare.

The incident happened at around lunchtime at a house near Kilrush in the west of the county.

It’s understood the man in his 40’s became trapped under the vehicle after a jack gave way.

An ambulance from Kilrush and rapid response advanced paramedic unit based in Ennis responded to the incident. The Shannon based Irish Coast Guard helicopter was requested to airlift the casualty to hospital.

Volunteers from the Kilkee unit of the Irish Coast Guard were also asked to respond to the scene to assist with preparing and securing a safe landing site for the helicopter.

Rescue 115 landed in a field on the Cooraclare road and the casualty was transported by ambulance to the location to meet the helicopter.

The injured man was airlifted to University Hospital Limerick for treatment however it’s understood his injuries are not life-threatening.

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.