Surfer hospitalised after Spanish Point accident

Surfer hospitalised after Spanish Point accident


Spanish Point Beach
Spanish Point Beach – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015

A teenager is recovering in hospital after sustaining injuries in a surfing accident in Co Clare this evening.

It’s understood the boy in his late teens got into difficulty at around 5.00pm at Spanish Point. According to locals he was injured after coming into contact with rocks while surfing.

The Doolin unit of the Irish Coast Guard and National Ambulance Service were alerted and requested to attend the incident.

The Shannon-based search and rescue helicopter, Rescue 115, was also tasked. The helicopter reached with scene within about ten minutes of leaving Shannon.

In the meantime, the surfer was helped from the water by others who were in the area at the time. It’s understood, according to eyewitnesses, that the teenager was placed on a surf board and carefully brought ashore.

He was assessed at the scene by National Ambulance Service paramedics and it was determined that his injuries were not so serious that he required to be airlifted to hospital.

Instead, he was transported by ambulance to University Hospital Limerick for what are believed to be ‘minor’ injuries.

Once it was confirmed that a medical evacuation by helicopter was not required, Rescue 115 was stood down and returned to Shannon. The Doolin Coast Guard unit was also advised they could stand down.

The operation was coordinated by watch officers at the Irish Coast Guard’s marine rescue sub centre on Valentia Island 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.