Tuesday 24 April 2018

Girl (13) airlifted to hospital by Coast Guard after jet ski incident

Waterford Regional Hospital
Waterford Regional Hospital

Alan O'Keefe

A 13-year-old girl with a suspected back injury was airlifted from the Irish Sea off the Wexford coast today

The child and her father were enjoying an afternoon with a jet ski pulling a rubber donut when the she suffered a back injury.

The incident happened  offshore in the vicinity of Ardamine, south of Courttown, shortly after 4pm.

Three kayakers also got into difficulty in the same area. Arklow Lifeboat and Courtown Lifeboat went to the scene.

The Coastguard R117 helicopter based in Waterford went to the scene and airlifted the injured girl and her father to Waterford Regional Hospital.

The three kayakers were taken aboard the Arklow Lifeboat and later transferred to the Courtown Lifeboat.

They were assisted by a HSE paramedic when they were taken ashore at Courtown Harbour.

Another alert was received by emergency services shortly after 5pm when a 23-year-old woman fell while climbing the Sugarloaf mountain in County Wicklow. 

A Dublin and Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team and an advanced paramedic assisted the woman at the scene, who appeared to have fractured her ankle.

She was airlifted by the R116 Coastguard helicopter based in Dublin and taken to Dublin Airport and transferred to Beaumont Hospital.

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