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Surfer airlifted to hospital after water accident off Clare coast

He was injured while surfing a well-known wave near Ballard Bay.

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A MAN IN his early 30s is recovering in hospital after injuring himself while surfing off the Clare coast.

Emergency services were called to the scene in Ballard Bay, Doonbeg, at around 9.45am this morning.

The Kilkee Coastguard responded to the alert along with a HSE ambulance and the Shannon-based Rescue 115 helicopter.

The man was airlifted to University Hospital Limerick with a suspected fractured thighbone.

He sustained the injury while surfing a world-famous wave called Riley’s, the Kilkee Coastguard said.

The accident comes after one of the world’s top body-boarders was airlifted to hospital from the same spot last March.

Australian Ben Player had injured himself earlier in the day and was watching his friends surf when he fell ill.

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