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Pier jumper airlifted to hospital with severe leg injuries after accident in north Dublin

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Emergency services at the scene of the pier jumping accident in Rush. Pic: Keith Loughman

Emergency services at the scene of the pier jumping accident in Rush. Pic: Keith Loughman

The Rescue 116 helicopter airlifted the injured man to hospital. Pic: Skerries Coast Guard

The Rescue 116 helicopter airlifted the injured man to hospital. Pic: Skerries Coast Guard

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Emergency services at the scene of the pier jumping accident in Rush. Pic: Keith Loughman

A man was airlifted to hospital yesterday after sustaining serious injuries in a pier jumping accident in north county Dublin.

The incident, which occurred at Rush Harbour at 5.25pm, led to a multi-agency response involving Dublin Fire Brigade, Skerries Coast Guard, the RNLI and gardaí.

It‘s understood the man, believed to be in his fifties, suffered severe leg injuries after diving from the harbour wall and striking rocks below.

Eyewitnesses said a number of people came to his aid in the water while awaiting the arrival of emergency services.

The harbour area was busy with swimmers and day-trippers at the time of the incident, which onlookers described as “distressing”.

A spokesperson for Skerries Coast Guard said there had been a high degree of cooperation from members of the public.

The “challenging” rescue operation involved the use of a spinal board by Skerries RNLI to remove the casualty from the water.

He was then transferred by ambulance to a nearby field in Tayleurs Point, where a landing zone had been arranged for the Rescue 116 helicopter.

In a social media post, Dublin Fire Brigade confirmed they attended the scene in Rush and said a unit also met the Coast Guard helicopter at Beaumont Hospital’s landing zone.

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