A man has been airlifted to hospital after his boat capsized off the Co Clare coast.

The alarm was raised at around 5.30pm after the man failed to return as expected to Doonbeg.

He was located on rocks close to Mutton Island at 8pm and was taken by helicopter to hospital.

Kilkee Marine Rescue Service and the Doolin and Kilkee units of the Irish Coast Guard were involved in water and coastal searches.

The Shannon based search and rescue helicopter had been carrying out sweeps of the area.