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Man who spent night trapped under mini-digger recovering in hospital

Emergency services used lifting equipment to free the man, more than 12 hours after his ordeal began.

Gortgloss Lake
Gortgloss Lake
Image: Google Streetview

A MAN WHO was injured after he fell and became trapped under a mini-digger in rural Co Clare is continuing to recover from his ordeal in hospital this afternoon.

He was rescued by emergency services yesterday morning — more than twelve hours after the accident happened, at around 6pm the previous evening.

It’s understood the man was clearing branches from land at Gortglass Lake, which is around 30km from Ennis.

Ennis Fire Brigade was called to the scene after the alarm was raised — and firefighters used specialist lifting equipment to help free the man.

According to Denis O’Connell of Clare County Fire and Rescue Service:

At 12:00 yesterday Ennis Fire Brigade were mobilised to a Rescue General at Gortglass Lake, Kildysart.

The call came from the Ambulance to assist rescue a man that was trapped under a mini digger.

Two Fire Appliances were mobilised from Ennis and they attended the incident at 12:24pm.

The Fire Service used air lifting bags to lift the mini digger off the casualty.


Gortgloss Lake (bottom left of the map) is around 30km from Ennis [Google Streetview]

The ambulance service then transported the injured man to a nearby GAA field at Kildysart, where he was airlifted to hospital.

A spokesperson for the Defence Forces confirmed that an Air Corps helicopter was used to transport him to hospital in Limerick, following a request from the ambulance service.

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