Four people have been airlifted to hospital following separate but simultaneous incidents in Co Clare this afternoon.

A woman in her 60s was injured after she fell about 10 feet from the pier in Kilkee at around 1.30pm.

Members of Kilkee Marine Rescue Service and the local Coast Guard unit attended helped the woman until the Shannon based rescue helicopter arrived.

Meanwhile, a member of a Limerick based diving club were reported to be suffering from decompression sickness also known as the bends.

It is understood that the man resurfaced too quickly from a dive following an equipment failure.

Two other divers who were with him at the time were also hospitalised as a precaution.

It was decided that all four casualties would be airlifted at the same time to University Hospital in Galway for treatment.

Elsewhere, mountain rescue teams in Wicklow assisted the Health Service Executive with a road traffic accident at the Sally Gap last night.

The man lost control of his motorcycle and crashed into a ditch in the remote location at Sally Gap in Wicklow.

Meanwhile, today gardaí sought the assistance of the Dublin & Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team and the Glen of Imaal Red Cross Mountain Rescue Team to rescue a man with knee injuries near Lough Dan.