Man hospitalised after surfing accident

Man hospitalised after surfing accident


A NAS ambulance and Coast Guard unit at the scene – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2018

A man is recovering in hospital after he was injured while surfing in Co Clare this afternoon.

The man in his 20’s had been surfing with friends off Breaffy South near Spanish Point when he sustained an injury. The incident occurred at around 4.45pm.

An ambulance and a unit of the Irish Coast Guard from Kilkee responded to the incident. The injured man, who was helped ashore by his friends, was located in an area that was inaccessible by road ambulance.

Coast Guard volunteers assisted paramedics with recovering the man from the scene and transporting him several hundred metres along the shore to an ambulance.

While the incident occurred in daylight it was after dark before the man was removed from the scene to hospital.

He was taken by ambulance to University Hospital Limerick with a suspected dislocated knee.

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.