Coastguard rescue injured crewman 100 miles off Irish coast
Published 04/12/2015 | 11:48
The Irish Coastguard have rescued an injured crew member from a ship over 100 miles off the southwest coast.
The coastguard received a call from the Swedish-registered ship about a "critically ill crewman" on board last night.
The operation took place 100 miles south of Fastnet Rock off the south-west coast of Cork, as Met Eireann issued five separate weather warnings ahead of the weekend.
Waterford-based helicopter Rescue 117 attended the scene to undergo a medical evacuation.
"We had a Shannon-based helicopter Rescue 115 also involved as it's a long-range mission," an Irish Coastguard spokesperson told Independent.ie.
"The Shannon-based helicopter provided top cover support and kept communications flowing," he explained.
"Our Valencia-based coastguard coordinated the mission.
"The coastguard had been in contact with the ship since the emergency call last night, but had to wait until the ship came into range before they could begin the operation."
Helicopters departed for the vessel at approximately 9.30am and arrived at the scene at approximately 11am.
The injured crewman is receiving medical attention at Cork University Hospital.
The vessel was on course to Liverpool at the time of the incident and was last at port in Newark, USA on November 22.