A woman who suffered a fall on a cliff yesterday ) walk was airlifted to hospital almost over hours after the alarm was first raised.
A Coast Guard unit was sent to recover the injured tourist who fractured an ankle while walking south of the Cliffs of Moher in Co Clare.
The French woman, believed to be in her 50’s, suffered a fractured ankle in a fall on the popular cliff walk at around 1.50pm. The alarm was raised by her family who contacted rangers based at the cliffs.
The area is not accessible by ambulance or other vehicles so the Doolin unit of the Irish Coast Guard was requested to assist.
No ambulance was available in the area at the time however rescuers were told one would reach the cliffs by the time they had recovered the casualty.
Coast Guard volunteers made their way to the scene and located the injured woman who was being comforted by family members.
First responders assessed and treated the woman before transporting her on a custom built stretcher across fields to the visitor centre.
An ambulance arrived at the incident around 3.15pm and the injured woman has handed into the care of paramedics. While medics were treating the woman they became concerned about her condition.
The National Ambulance Services requested assistance from the National Aeromedical Co-ordination Centre and sought a helicopter to airlift the woman to hospital.
The Irish Coast Guard search and rescue helicopter based at Shannon Airport was called into action in an air ambulance role and airlifted the woman to University Hospital Galway. The helicopter arrived at the hospital at around 5.00pm three hours after the alarm was first raised.
Last December, a woman waited in agony for almost two hours while an ambulance was sent 120 kilometres (kms) from another county to take her another 80 kms to hospital.
The woman had broken her leg in a fall at the Cliffs of Moher but had to wait for an ambulance to be sent all the way from Nenagh, Co Tipperary because no other ambulance was available in the region.
Coast Guard teams from Doolin were dispatched to recover the injured woman and transport her to the Cliffs of Moher visiter centre to wait for the ambulance.
After taking the patient into their care paramedics then had to drive another 80 kilometres to University Hospital Limerick arriving almost three hours after the woman fell.
The HSE said at the time that “other resources in the area were engaged on other emergency calls.”