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Monday 24 July 2017

Irishman critical after swimming pool accident on holiday

Rickie Healy is in hospital
Rickie Healy is in hospital

A young Irishman remains in a critical condition after sustaining serious injuries in a freak swimming pool accident in Spain.

Rickie Healy (27), who is from Ballyclough in north Cork but is now living in Galway, is in hospital in Majorca after suffering suspected spinal injuries in the accident on Friday.

Mr Healy is believed to have dived into a swimming pool to cool off during searing temperatures in Ibiza, but mistakenly dived into the shallow end of the pool.

His neck and back are believed to have struck the bottom of the pool.

He suffered such serious injuries that paramedics made the decision to have him airlifted to a major hospital on the nearby island of Majorca.

He remains in the Son Espaces Clinic with his family by his bedside.

They immediately flew out to Spain when they were alerted to the accident.

Circumstances

The young man is understood to have been on holiday in the resort of San Antonio on Ibiza with two Irish friends.

Both have assisted the Guardia Civil in trying to piece together the precise circumstances of the incident.

A young Scottish holidaymaker died in a fall from an upper balcony at the same Ibiza resort in 2015.

Mr Healy was described by Ballyclough locals as "sports mad" and from a highly respected farming family.

The young man studied in Mallow before undertaking third level qualifications in mechanical engineering at Cork Institute of Technology (CIT).

In his teens, he played GAA with Ballyclough and was part of a county championship-winning side.

However, his first love has always been equestrian.

He is a lifelong member of the Duhallow Hunt and decided to relocate to Galway so he could focus on a career in the equine industry.

He became involved with the famous Galway Hunt, the Galway Blazers, and has been living outside Galway city in recent years.

Mr Healy has two other siblings, brother Tadhg and sister Cait.

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