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Bodyboarder airlifted to hospital

Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015

Members of the Kilkee unit of the Irish Coast Guard returning from this afternoon’s operation near Doonbeg – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015

A man has been airlifted to hospital after he suffered an injury earlier in the day while bodyboarding near Doonbeg.

The 36-year-old had been bodyboarding near Spanish Point during the morning when he took a knock.

While suffering discomfort it’s understood he was well enough to travel to Ballard Bay near Doonbeg where he sat on the shoreline while others took to the water.

After a time however, the man complained of feeling unwell and is now believed to have suffered internal injuries in the earlier incident.

Members of the Irish Tow Surf Rescue Club, who were also in the area, went to the man’s aid and raised the alarm at around 3.00pm.

The Kilkee unit of the Irish Coast Guard sent teams to the area and gained access to the shorline, almost 200 feet below, via a ravine.

Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015

The Shannon based search and rescue helicopter hovers over Ballard Bay during this afternoons operation – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015

They comforted the injured man while the Shannon based search and rescue helicopter was requested to assist.

The man was winched from the shoreline and airlifted to University Hospital Limerick for treatment

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