Man airlifted to hospital after ‘broken leg while kitesurfing’ in County Wexford before Storm Lorenzo


A man was airlifted to hospital after breaking his leg while kitesurfing past Storm Lorenzo.

The incident occurred at Lady’s Island Lake in County Wexford this afternoon.

Eyewitness Brendan Cooney told the Irish Mirror: “I work as a Senior Executive Scientist with the Environment and Marine Section of Wexford County Council.

A Coast Guard helicopter at the scene in Co Wexford.

“I was going along the coast to check for storm damage when I was notified of an incident at Lady’s Island Lake and checked it out.

“The kitesurfer fell hard in the storm and broke his leg. An ambulance was called and the coast guard to rescue him and they called the coast guard helicopter to evacuate him.”

Meanwhile, meteorologists predict waves “the size of a two-story house” will hit the Atlantic coast as the rest of the country braces for winds of 120 km / h.

Galway, Mayo, Clare, Kerry and Limerick have been hit by the orange warning with gusts of up to 130 km / h expected to hit the west and southwest.

The wind will be slightly weaker than expected, but storm surges could cause damage in these counties.

Four weather warnings have now been issued by Met Eireann as Storm Lorenzo sweeps through Ireland.

A warning said: “Southwesterly winds veering west will reach average speeds of 60 to 80 km / h with gusts typically 100 to 120 km / h, higher in coastal areas.”

The RNLI volunteer crew from the Aran Islands launched their Severn-class all-weather lifeboat at approximately 9:50 a.m. this morning.

The Irish Coast Guard made the request after a woman was injured in a previous fall and required additional medical attention.

The lifeboat was launched under coxswain John O’Donnell and a full crew on board and headed straight for Inis Meain.

Once the patient was safely transferred aboard under the supervision of the volunteer crew members, the lifeboat proceeded directly to Rossaveal harbor where the woman was placed in the care of the team. ambulance waiting.

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