Thursday 17 April 2014

Airlift required for injured man following freak roof fall

A 52-year-old man had to be airlifted to Galway University Hospital after suffering extensive injuries when he fell off the roof of his house.

The incident occurred in Carraroe, in Co Galway around 1pm yesterday when the man fell from the roof of his bungalow house located within the village of Carraroe.

After the alarm was raised, the rescue operation  was organised by the National Aeronautical Co-ordination Centre (NAAC) which co-ordinates rescue operations between the air corps ambulance service and ground ambulance crews, as well as the coastguard.

The air corps rescue 112 helicopter was dispatched to Carraore GAA Club, close to the scene of the accident, where the patient was transferred by ground ambulance with assistance from the local Costello Bay coastguard team.

He was then airlifted to Galway University Hospital where he was recovering from back injuries sustained in the fall late last night.

One responder to the scene said the man was “in quite a bit of pain” and was immobilised by paramedics as a precaution. The man was said to be conscious and responsive but in pain.

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