Injured climber airlifted in late night rescue operation

Injured climber airlifted in late night rescue operation

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File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2018

A young rock climber is recovering in hospital following a late night rescue operation in Co Clare.

The 19-year-old college student was bouldering with friends at Ard Na Glasha about 3km north of Doolin. Bouldering is a form of rock climbing where participants don’t use safety equipment.

The young woman, believed to be from Cork, had been climbing with friends when she fell about 3m (9ft) to the ground. The accident happened at around 9.30pm.

An ambulance responded to the incident from Ennis while the Doolin unit of the Irish Coast Guard was also requested to assist.

Coast Guard volunteers located the injured woman close to the shoreline and it was soon established she had suffered a fractured ankle. She was treated at the scene by a doctor and Coast Guard first responders until the ambulance arrived.

National Ambulance Service paramedics assessed the woman but it was considered too dangerous to carry a stretcher in the dark across the rocky landscape to an ambulance.

File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2018

Instead, the Shannon based Irish Coast Guard helicopter was requested to assist with recovering the casualty from the location.

Rescue 115 reached the scene shortly before midnight and airlifted the injured woman to their base at Shannon Airport from where she was transported to University Hospital Limerick by road for treatment.

A Coast Guard spokesman confirmed that the operation took about two hours to complete and that access to the location was very difficult.

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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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