Critically ill boy transferred to Dublin hospital after cliff fall

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Andrew Carey

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A CRITICALLY ill nine-year-old Limerick boy who was rescued from the sea last Sunday night has been transferred to Dublin for further more extensive treatment after he fell from a cliff on the West Clare Coast.

Last Sunday, the boy was fishing off of rocks near Blackhead lighthouse in the company of his father and shortly after 9pm when the alarm was raised a multi agency operation was launched when the boy fell into the water.

Doolin Coast Guard and the Shannon based Rescue 115 were scrambled to the scene as it emerged that the boy had fallen from the cliffs to the water 30ft below. He was treading water but unable to come ashore due to the height of the cliffs above.

Found unconscious, the boy was rescued from the water and airlifted to Galway University Hospital after receiving CPR at the scene.

The boy was understood to be in the water for and his father received cuts and bruises as he tried to scale the cliffs in an effort to rescue his son.

This Monday, the boy, who was described as critical, was transferred to Temple Street Hospital for further treatment.

At the same location last December, a 47-year-old Lithuanian man was swept out to sea while he was fishing and his body was never recovered.