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Thursday 28 August 2014

Man airlifted to hospital after suspected heart attack in scorching heat on beach

Published 18/06/2014 | 19:23

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Patient airlifted to University Hospital, Waterford, in a coastguard search and rescue helicopter which arrived on the scene in a matter of minutes.

A man who became unwell on Tramore beach today was airlifted by helicopter to hospital.

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It is understood he may have suffered a heart attack as a result of yesterday’s soaring temperatures.

A doctor and a nurse, who happened to be present on the beach, provided first aid.

He was airlifted to University Hospital, Waterford, in a coastguard search and rescue helicopter which arrived on the scene in a matter of minutes.

The man's condition is unknown.

Met Eireann issued a heat warning this morning as temperatures were predicted to rocket towards 30 degrees.

The weather warning was in effect until 6pm this evening.

"We issue the warning when temperatures are predicted to go over 28 degrees," Met Eireann told independent.ie.

"The midlands and west Leinster will be the hottest and also parts of Connacht.

"Temperatures will be between 27 and 29 degrees in most parts of the country."

The hottest temperature recorded yesterday was a sweltering 27.1 degrees. The latest report from Met Eireann today puts Shannon Airport as the highest temperature with 25 degrees.

Irish Water Safety have also warned swimmers to be careful and to never take to the water after consuming alcohol.

Doctors have warned the public to take measures to protect themselves against sun burn and sun stroke.

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