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Monday 4 December 2023 Dublin: 4°C
devenish island

Woman in critical condition after attack by cow which left pet dog dead

The incident happened on a popular lakeland beauty spot on Lough Erne, Co Fermanagh.

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A WOMAN IS in a critical condition after sustaining a bizarre injury following a cow attack in Fermanagh.

The incident happened earlier this week on Devenish Island on Lough Erne in Co Fermanagh.

It’s understood that the woman in question had moored her boat on the island and gone for a walk with a family dog.

The reasons for the cow attacking are not known.

The family dog died a short time after the incident, while the woman sustained serious back injuries.

Enniskillen RNLI subsequently attended the scene, and called for a helicopter evacuation by the Irish Coast Guard.

“One of the crew stayed with the lady who had suffered back injuries while paramedics were transferred by the boat from the mainland,” a RNLI spokesperson said.

“Rescue 118, the Coast Guard helicopter stationed in Sligo, was dispatched by request of the Belfast Coast Guard to airlift the woman to South West Acute Hospital in nearby Enniskillen, following an incident with an animal,” a Coast Guard spokesman said.

She has since been moved to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast. Her current condition is unknown.

“We’re unaware of where the person was from,” said local DUP councillor Keith Elliott.

My understanding is that she was sightseeing, had moored her boat and was walking around the island with her pet.
She’s in a critical condition in hospital I believe. Obviously we would all be hoping that she make a speedy recovery.

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