Fire crews rescue boy trapped in hole in Shannon

Fire crews rescue boy trapped in hole in Shannon


Fire crews made the hole safe by filling it with sand – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2019

A 5-year-old boy is recovering in hospital after he was trapped in a hole and had to be dug out by fire crews.

The alarm was raised at around 5.30pm this afternoon when emergency services were alerted to the incident at Brookfields in Shannon Co Clare.

Paramedics and Gardaí responded to the incident initially however, despite the best efforts of ambulance service personnel, they were unable to free the young boy from the pipe and requested assistance from the fire service.

It’s understood that one of the child’s legs bent backwards after he accidentally stepped into the hole and this left him wedged inside the pipe and unable to move. It’s believed he was trapped in the hole for about 30 minutes and only his head was visible above the ground.

Fire crews at the scene in Shannon this evening.

Three units of the fire brigade from Shannon Town attended the scene. Fire crews erected a protected screen around the scene as they put a plan in place to release the boy.

Fire personnel used shovels to dig around the pipe which they were then able to remove in sections. Once free, the young boy was handed into the care of National Ambulance Service paramedics to be assessed and treated.

As a precaution, the child transported to University Hospital Limerick for treatment for what are believed to be minor injuries.

Fire crews made the hole safe by filling it with the contents of several sandbags.

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.