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Man airlifted to hospital after climbing accident in Co Clare

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A man has been airlifted to hospital after he was injured in a climbing accident in north Clare this evening.

The incident occurred at around 8pm at Ailladie off the R477 Lisdoonvarna to Ballyvaughan coast road.

The alarm was raised by the man’s climbing companions. The group had been climbing on a seaside cliff-face known as the Mirror Wall.

While it is not known how far the man fell, the cliff is up to 35 metres (115 feet) high at the location.

It follows a similar incident at the same location on May 24 when a woman who was climbing suffered serious injuries in a fall.

The National Ambulance Service, the Doolin unit of the Irish Coast Guard and the Shannon-based search and rescue helicopter were all requested to respond to this evening’s incident.

Coast Guard volunteers and ambulance paramedics were able to make their way down to the base of the cliff where they found the casualty laying on boulders and being cared for by his friends.

The Rescue 115 helicopter was able to land at the base of the cliff a safe distance from the scene. The helicopter’s winchman/paramedic assessed and treated the injured man before Coast Guard volunteers and ambulance paramedics stretchered him across difficult terrain to the waiting helicopter.

The man was airlifted to University Hospital Galway for treatment.

The rescue operation was coordinated by watch officers at the Irish Coast Guard’s marine rescue sub centre on Valentia Island in Kerry.

There are several climbing locations on both the land and sea side areas of the coast road on the edge of the Burren which are popular with climbing clubs, search and rescue groups and the Irish Defence Forces among others.

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