PSNI helicopter airlifts injured pupil to hospital

January 20, 2014

A police helicopter was tasked to ferry a young GAA player to hospital following an incident during a school football match in Crossmaglen on Thursday afternoon.

St Joseph’s High School student, Aaron Smylie was taking part in an after-school Gaelic football match when he sustained a serious leg injury.

Staff at the school immediately contacted ambulance services for the stricken teenager and shortly afterwards police responding to an emergency call, landed the PSNI aircraft in a field close to the school.

Medics provided initial care for the fifth year student at the school playing grounds before he was subsequently airlifted to Daisyhill Hospital. The young student was later transferred by PSNI helicopter once again to Craigavon Area Hospital, where it is believed he has  undergone surgery on his injured knee.

Aaron is a talented GAA player, having enjoyed much success as part of the Under 16 Crossmaglen Rangers team. Club secretary, Gerard Rushe, paid tribute to the teenager, wishing him a speedy recovery on behalf of the club and his worried team mates.

“We were all very sorry to hear about Aaron’s injury and the traumatic experience of having to be airlifted to hospital from the school football field” said Gerard.

“Aaron is one of the key members of our Under 16 Ulster Championship winning side of 2013 and has been developing into a really talented and skilful player over the past few years with a bright future in the game and this setback is very unfortunate for him.

“On behalf of everyone in the club we send him our very best wishes and wish him a full and speedy recovery from his injury. We all hope it will not be too long before he is back playing again.”