By Patrick Flynn
A man has been airlifted to hospital after he was pulled from the sea by a group of kayakers in Co Clare this morning.
The alarm was raised at around 10.30am when a body was seen floating in the sea close to Seafield near Quilty.
A group of kayakers had just set out from a nearby slipway when they found the man. They pulled the casualty from the water and raised the alarm.
Ambulances from Ennistymon and Ennis responded to the incident along with gardaí and the Kilkee unit of the Irish Coast Guard.
The kayakers recovered the man to the slipway where he was taken into care by paramedics.
The Shannon based search and rescue helicopter had been training in the Loop Head area at the time and reached the scene within minutes.
The man, believed to be in his 40’s, has been airlifted to University Hospital Limerick for treatment.