Teenage boy airlifted to hospital after cliff fall in Co Clare

Teenage boy airlifted to hospital after cliff fall in Co Clare

By Patrick Flynn

A teenage tourist has been airlifted to hospital after he fell from a cliff in Co Clare this morning.

The 14-year-old boy, who had been visiting the Loop Head Peninsula with his family, fell about 30ft at the popular Bridges of Ross.

Pic: Pat Flynn.

The alarm was raised at around 9.30am and the Kilkee unit of the Irish Coast Guard and Shannon-based search and rescue helicopter were sent to the scene.

Gardaí and an ambulance from Kilrush were also alerted.

Teenage boy airlifted to hospital after cliff fall in Co ClarePic: Pat Flynn.

The teenager, understood to be German, was located by rescuers a short distance from a visitor car park.

In an operation that took more than an hour, Coast Guard personnel and a HSE paramedic were winched down to the ledge by the helicopter crew.

The injured teen was assessed and stabilised before being taken on board the helicopter.

The boy has been airlifted to University Hospital Limerick for treatment. It is understood he sustained multiple injuries including fractures.

Teenage boy airlifted to hospital after cliff fall in Co Clare

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