Woman airlifted to hospital after cliff fall

Woman airlifted to hospital after cliff fall

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The incident happened at Spanish Point – File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2016
A young woman was airlifted to hospital in the early hours of this morning after she was found with serious injuries at the base of a 7 metre (23 feet) cliff in Co Clare.
The alarm was raised at around 2.30am when the woman in her early 20s was reported to have fallen onto the shoreline from a cliff at Spanish Point.
The rescue operation involved the Irish Coast Guard; Clare County Fire and Rescue Service and National Ambulance Service. Gardaí also attended the scene and carried out inquiries to establish the circumstances of the accident.
The Doolin unit of the Irish Coast Guard along with the Shannon based search and rescue helicopter were initially tasked to the serious incident. Two units of the fire brigade from Ennistymon and ambulance resources from Ennistymon and Ennis were also sent to the scene.
Emergency services located the woman on rocks close to the shoreline on the northern side of Spanish Point Bay.
The Shannon based Irish Coast Guard helicopter, Rescue 115, was requested to airlift the casualty from the scene. She was flown to University Hospital Limerick for treatment.
The operation was coordinated by watch officers at the Irish Coast Guard’s marine rescue sub centre at Valentia in Kerry.
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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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