Man airlifted to hospital after Moneypoint accident

Man airlifted to hospital after Moneypoint accident


The incident happened at Moneypoint power station this afternoon – File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

A man has been airlifted to hospital after he was injured in a workplace accident in Co Clare this afternoon.

The man in his 30’s is understood to have fallen from a tractor at the ESB’s power generating station at Moneypoint near Kilrush. The incident happened at around 2.00pm.

It’s believed the man was working as a contractor at the plant and fell several feet from a tractor suffering leg and hip injuries.

Ambulance paramedics responded to the incident and treated the casualty at the scene initially but decided he should be airlifted to hospital.

Gardaí were also notified of the incident and requested to attend at a local GAA field to secure a landing site for the helicopter.

The casualty was transported by road ambulance to the playing field where the Shannon based helicopter, Rescue 115, landed. The man was airlifted to University Hospital Limerick for treatment. The man’s injuries are believed to be non life-threatening.

The journey by road would have taken up to 80 minutes while the helicopter was able to reach the hospital in just 15.

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.