An elderly farmer is recovering in hospital after he was airlifted by an Irish Coast Guard helicopter an accident in west Clare.
The man in his 80’s is understood to have sustained serious crush injuries after he was struck by a tractor on a farm in the west of the county.
The alarm was raised at around 3.30pm and emergency services rushed to the scene between Rehy West and Kilbaha on the Loop Head Peninsula.
Ambulance paramedics located the pensioner who had sustained multiple serious injuries to his upper body and head.
It was decided to seek assistance from the National Aeromedical Coordination Centre (NACC) and request an air ambulance to airlift the injured man to hospital.
The NACC in turn contacted the Irish Coast Guard to ask if they could provide a helicopter to undertake the air ambulance mission.
At the time, the Shannon based search and rescue helicopter, Rescue 115, had been engaged in a search for missing person in the Cratloe Woods area.
The Irish Coast Guard marine rescue coordination centre on Valentia Island in Kerry contacted the crew and rerouted them to the more serious incident.
The Kilkee unit of the Irish Coast Guard was also requested to proceed to the scene to identify and prepare a safe landing site for the helicopter. Volunteers also helped the HSE transport the casualty to the aircraft.
The injured man was airlifted to University Hospital Limerick (UHL) for treatment. The 110 kilometre journey to would have taken up to 90 minutes by road.
Meanwhile, as emergency crews dealt with the incident, a report of a person having fallen from the cliffs in Kilkee was made to the Irish Coast Guard.
The call, made from a phone with a ‘blocked’ number, claimed a person had fallen from the cliffs at George’s Head.
While one team of Irish Coast Guard volunteers remained at the farm accident, other crews travelled to the George’s Head area to commence a search. Gardaí were also sent to the area to investigate the report.
A rescue boat was launched and proceeded to the area while a detailed search of the cliff top was carried out by land teams.
The search was stood down at around 6.30pm when nothing was found. It’s believed the call was a hoax and the matter is being investigated by gardaí.