Elderly tourist airlifted to hospital from North Clare

Elderly tourist airlifted to hospital from North Clare


File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

An elderly man was airlifted to hospital on Sunday afternoon after falling seriously ill on a tour bus in Co Clare.

The Canadian national in his 80’s had been enjoying a tour of West Clare when he suffered an apparent cardiac arrest on the bus.

The coach driver stopped his vehicle at Lough South between the Cliffs of Moher and Doolin and raised the alarm.

An ambulance was sent to the meet the coach while the Shannon based Irish Coast Guard helicopter, Rescue 115, was requested to airlift the man to hospital.

The Emergency Aeromedical Service (EAS) was tied up with an emergency call in Cork at the time so the Coast Guard was asked to undertake the medevac. Gardaí also responded to the incident.

The Doolin unit of the Coast Guard was also alerted and asked to secure a safe landing site close to the scene for the helicopter.

The elderly man was flown to University Hospital Limerick for treatment.

The medevac operation was coordinated by staff at the Irish Coast Guard marine rescue sub centre at Valentia in Kerry.

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.