Wednesday 28 June 2017

Young man airlifted to hospital after 40ft fall from cliff into water in early hours

Irish Coast Guard helicopter
Irish Coast Guard helicopter
Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

A 23-year-old man was airlifted to hospital after he fell 40ft from a cliff in the early hours of this morning.

The alarm was raised at 5am after the man fell from the ledge on the outskirts of Lahinch, Co Clare, according to the Irish Coastguard.

It is understood that a group of men were socialising on the cliff at the time when the man fell into the sea and became unconscious.

Members of the Doolin unit of the Irish Coast Guard along with an ambulance from nearby Ennistymon were alerted and rushed to the scene but were unable to rescue the man from the water.

The Shannon based Irish Coast Guard search and rescue helicopter was requested to airlift the injured man to hospital.

The entire rescue operation took over two hours and the man was brought to Galway University Hospital for treatment shortly after 7am.

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