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To the rescue Off-duty Donnybrook firefighters help save surfer in sea drama at Lahinch

'They just happened to be visiting the area at the time. Well done guys and all the other emergency services involved'

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A young Dublin man is recovering in hospital after being pulled from the sea at Lahinch in Co Clare. 

The man who is believed to be in his late 20s got into difficulty while surfing at around midday yesterday.

The incident happened outside the official bathing area beyond the end of the prom.

He was brought ashore by other surfers as emergency services were alerted.

Members of the National Ambulance Service, as well as the Doolin Unit of the Irish Coast Guard were dispatched.

The man was treated on the beach by paramedics assisted by Clare County Council lifeguards and later taken to the nearby lifeguard station until ambulance paramedics arrived.

It’s understood that a number of off-duty firefighter/paramedics from Donnybrook Fire Station in Dublin, who had been in the area at the time, also treated and stabilised him until NAS paramedics arrived.

Taking to social media, Donnybrook Fire Station in Dublin confirmed that some of its members assisted in the rescue.

"We are very proud of our colleagues on A watch Donnybrook fire station who were involved in the rescue of this lucky man.

"They just happened to be visiting the area at the time. Well done guys and all the other emergency services involved," they said.

The incident happened during a Status Yellow wind warning for Clare where forecasters had warned that winds would be strongest on the coast with very rough seas.

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