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Sunday 20 August 2017

Dramatic pictures show how man (26) was dramatically rescued from sinking boat

Irish man (26) issued a mayday alert after his navigation equipment failed (Photo: Defence Forces)
Irish man (26) issued a mayday alert after his navigation equipment failed (Photo: Defence Forces)
Irish man (26) issued a mayday alert after his navigation equipment failed (Photo: Defence Forces)
Irish man (26) issued a mayday alert after his navigation equipment failed (Photo: Defence Forces)
Allison Bray

Allison Bray

A solo yachtsman who was sailing a boat he had purchased in the UK back to Ireland was dramatically rescued by an Irish naval ship after getting into trouble off the coast of Cork this afternoon.

The 26-year-old Irish man issued a mayday alert after his navigation equipment failed and his vessel began to take on water and sink in what a navy spokesman described as “difficult sea conditions”.

The LE James Joyce, which was conducting a routine patrol of the coast off Cork, responded to a search and rescue request from the Irish Coast Guard at approximately 4:20pm.

The crew launched a RIB (rigid inflatable boat) and rescued the sailor about 16 nautical miles from Roches Point.

Irish man (26) issued a mayday alert after his navigation equipment failed (Photo: Defence Forces)
Irish man (26) issued a mayday alert after his navigation equipment failed (Photo: Defence Forces)

The man was then airlifted to Cork Airport by a rescue helicopter from the Waterford Coast Guard and taken by ambulance to Cork University Hospital where he was treated for mild hypothermia.

Meanwhile, a fisherman aboard the Irish-registered trawler “St Catherine Lebore” was airlifted to hospital in the UK last night after losing a finger while at sea.

Irish man (26) issued a mayday alert after his navigation equipment failed (Photo: Defence Forces)
Irish man (26) issued a mayday alert after his navigation equipment failed (Photo: Defence Forces)

The accident happened in UK waters about 130 miles south of Cork city.

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