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Teen remains in serious condition in hospital after boating accident in Cork

Teen remains in serious condition in hospital after boating accident in Cork

A 14-year-old boy remains in a serious condition in hospital after a boating accident in Cork.

It is understood that a boom may have swung across the deck of the boat and struck the boy in the head.

The alarm was raised around 11.25am yesterday when the boy was injured while on board a sailing boat in Schull, West Cork.

A National Ambulance Service ambulance rushed to the scene where an advanced paramedic treated the boy on shore.

However, the boy's condition deteriorated and medics were so concerned that a decision was made to airlift him to hospital as quickly as possible.

Valentia Coast Guard, which coordinated the operation, said the Shannon-based Rescue 115 helicopter, which is closer, was already tasked on a medevac on Inis Mór, the Aran Islands, so Waterford-based Rescue 117 was tasked.

Meanwhile, in Dublin, a man in his 40's was taken to hospital with serious head injuries after a kite-surfing accident off the coast of Sutton.

The Irish Coastguard are advising people to be extra careful on the water.