FIsherman airlifted to hospital after collapsing

FIsherman airlifted to hospital after collapsing


Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

A man has been airlifted to hospital after he collapsed while fishing with friends at the Blue Pool near Doonbeg this morning.

An ambulance and advanced paramedic rapid response vehicle responded to the scene along with the Kilkee unit of the Irish Coast Guard.  The alarm was raised at around 9.30am.

The Shannon based Coast Guard helicopter, Rescue 115, was also tasked to the incident.

The four men, all believed to be non-Irish nationals, had been fishing at the notoriously dangerous fishing spot when one collapsed in cardiac arrest.

Coast Guard volunteers helped the other fishermen up from the rocks while their friend, believed to be in his 50s, was airlifted to University Hospital Limerick.

File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2016

Meanwhile, the Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat was called out to assist a family of five after their boat suffered engine failure yesterday.

The Dromineer based volunteer crew was alerted at around 6.40pm and requested by the Irish Coast Guard to launch. A 25ft cruiser, with five people on board, was reported to have lost power in Youghal Bay off Garrykennedy on the eastern shore of Lough Derg.

The lifeboat located the casualty vessel a few minutes after launching and found that the two adults and three children on board were safe and wearing their lifejackets. The skipper of the cruiser had dropped anchor to prevent his vessel from drifting.

The boat was found to have suffered engine failure and could not be restarted. The lifeboat took the cruiser under tow to Garrykennedy Harbour, where, at 7.13pm, it was safely tied alongside.

The lifeboat returned to station and was ready for service again at 7.33pm

Peter Kennedy, Deputy Launching Authority at Lough Derg RNLI, said: “The skipper did the correct thing to drop anchor and to call for help immediately, and especially with young children on board in this heat.”

Both operations were coordinated by staff at the Irish Coast Guard’s 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.