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Boy (14) airlifted to hospital after yachting incident off Cork coast

In a separate incident, a man in his 50s required the help of the coast guard after a serious kitesurfing incident.

File photo. Coast Guard rescue helicopter
File photo. Coast Guard rescue helicopter
Image: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie

A 14-YEAR-OLD boy is in a critical condition, after a yachting incident off the coast of Cork earlier today.

A spokesperson for Valentia Coast Guard told TheJournal.ie that they were called to the scene off Skibereen this morning.

It is believed the boy was struck in the head by a sailing boom.

With the aid of Rescue helicopter 117, he was airlifted to Cork University Hospital.

His condition is currently described as serious.

In a separate incident, Howth Coast Guard was called to assist after a 53-year-old sustained serious head injuries while kitesurfing off the coast of Dublin at Sutton.

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A nurse helped to treat him at the scene, and was joined by the Coast Guard who assisted in transporting the man to a nearby hospital.

At present, his injuries are also described as serious.

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