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Busy start to year for Killaloe Coast Guard


Killaloe Coast Guard members on a river search – © Pat Flynn 2015

Irish Coast Guard volunteers based at Killaloe on the River Shannon have responded to three calls so far this year.

In the latest callout, the unit was requested to assist the National Ambulance Service (NAS) at an incident on the outskirts of Newport in Co Tipperary yesterday.

Ambulance paramedics requested help from the Irish Coast Guard because they were unable to move an elderly man from his home.

The Shannon based Search and Rescue (SAR) helicopter, Rescue 1-1-5, was also requested to assist at the scene.

Coast Guard personnel from Killaloe helped ambulance paramedics to stretcher the ill patient to the helicopter which had landed in a nearby field.

The man was airlifted to University Hospital Limerick for treatment.

© Pat Flynn 2014

Killaloe Coast Guard members carrying out a shoreline search – © Pat Flynn 2014

On Sunday evening, personnel from Killaloe and the Shannon SAR helicopter were requested to assist in the recovery and transport of a young rider who was injured in a fall from a horse near O’Briensbridge.

The 17-year-old boy suffered a broken leg in the incident which occurred in a field that was not accessible by ambulance vehicles.

Members of the Coast Guard from Killaloe assisted the ambulance service transport the injured boy to the waiting helicopter. He was also taken to UHL for treatment.

The same unit was also involved in the rescue of a 26-year-old man injured in a kayaking incident on the Clare River in the Clare Glens in Co Limerick on Sunday.

The Killaloe unit responded to 49 incidents in 2014 with a total of 6,000 hours put in by volunteers in a variety of incidents.


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