Farming incidents result in injuries

March 21st, 2015 7:30 AM

By Jackie Keogh

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TWO farming accidents involving livestock resulted in a woman and a man being airlifted to CUH.

A 64-year old woman was injured at Coolbawn, between Ballydehob and Caheragh, on Sunday afternoon on March 15th by a cow that was calving at the time.

A spokesperson for Valentia Coast Guard confirmed that the incident happened at ‘an inaccessible location’ so the National Aeronautical Co-ordination Centre called them at 3.26pm to send the 115-rescue helicopter to the scene.

The Toe Head and Glandore Coast Guard unit were on hand to prepare for the landing of the helicopter at 4.15pm, and, within 15 minutes, the casualty was airlifted.

At 4.46pm the helicopter landed at Bishopstown GAA pitch, which is located beside Cork University Hospital, where the woman was treated for abdominal injuries that were described as fairly traumatic. She is, however, expected to make a good recovery.

The second incident took place on St Patrick’s Day, Tuesday, March 17th, when the 115-rescue helicopter was tasked by the National Aeronautical Co-ordination Centre to land in another inaccessible location at Castledonovan near Drimoleague.

It is understood that the man, who is also 64, fell from a horse and had sustained a suspected dislocated shoulder.


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