Farmer in 80s injured after being crushed by his tractor
AN elderly farmer and a 16-year-old girl discovered in a 'distressed state' after a search were both airlifted to hospital yesterday in two separate incidents in Co Clare.
The man, who is in his 80s, is understood to have sustained serious crush injuries after he was struck by a tractor on a farm in the west of the county.
The alarm was raised at around 3.30pm and emergency services rushed to the scene between Rehy West and Kilbaha, on the Loop Head Peninsula.
Ambulance paramedics located the pensioner who had sustained multiple serious injuries to his upper body and head.
The National Aeromedical Coordination Centre contacted the Irish Coast Guard to ask if they could provide a helicopter to undertake the air ambulance mission.
At the time, the Shannon-based search and rescue helicopter, Rescue 115, had been engaged in a search for the missing 16-year-old in the Cratloe Woods area.
The helicopter was re-routed to lift the injured pensioner to University Hospital Limerick.
Meanwhile, the search continued in Cratloe for the teenage girl, whose worried family had reported her missing at around 1.30pm yesterday after becoming concerned for her safety.
Gardaí and the Killaloe unit of the Irish Coast Guard joined in the search.
After several hours, gardaí located the girl in Cratloe Woods at around 6pm. She was said to have been cold, wet and in a "distressed state".
She was taken to the GAA field in Cratloe where a decision was taken to call the search and rescue helicopter to airlift her to hospital for treatment.
She was described as being in a 'stable' condition last night.