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Killaloe Coast Guard in kayaker rescue operation

Photo: © Pat Flynn, 2015

The Waterford based Coast Guard helicopter was unable to winch the casualty because of obstructions – Photo: © Pat Flynn, 2015

A 26-year-old man is recovering in hospital following a major multi-agency rescue operation in Co Limerick.

The man had been kayaking on the Clare River in the Clare Glens near the Tipperary/Limerick border when he sustained a serious injury to his shoulder.

Another kayaker raised the alarm at around 4.00pm and a search and rescue operation was quickly mounted by the Irish Coast Guard marine rescue coordination centre at Valentia in Co Kerry.

The Killaloe unit of the Coast Guard along with the Waterford based search and rescue helicopter, Rescue 1-1-7, were requested to respond to the incident. The Shannon aircraft was not available at the time to respond to the incident.

© Pat Flynn 2015

Members of the Killaloe unit of the Irish Coast Guard were also involved in the operation – © Pat Flynn 2015

Members of the South Eastern Mountain Rescue team travelled to the scene from as far away as Dungarvan and Carrick on Suir in Co Waterford. Units of Newport Fire and Rescue Service in Tipperary also responded to the incident.

Mountain rescue volunteers abseiled down the steep embankment to reach the injured man. They administered first aid and place the casualty on a stretcher.

However, on arrival at the scene, the rescue helicopter crew could not safely carry out a winching operation because they were obstructed by trees. The helicopter was forced to stand down and allow land teams recover the casualty.

Following a three hour operation the casualty was hauled up the embankment on ropes and handed over the HSE ambulance paramedics.

The man was removed to University Hospital Limerick for treatment.

A Coast Guard spokesman said: “This was a very well coordinated effort by all the agencies involved in what were difficult circumstances.”


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One thought on “Killaloe Coast Guard in kayaker rescue operation

  1. This was not a well coordinated effort. The rescue services have more important things to deal with. A more experienced group of kayakers would simply have transferred the casualty across the river and walked out, the location of the incident was only a few hundred metres from the road. Shoulder injuries are relatively common and easily dealt with and self rescue is an important part of our sport.


    Posted by Anonymous kayaker | January 9, 2015, 11:21 AM

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