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Wednesday 1 March 2017

Injured fisherman airlifted to safety during dramatic rescue

Sarah Stack

Sarah Stack

A fisherman was airlifted to safety during a dramatic rescue more than 180kms off the Irish coast involving the coast guard and Air Corps.

The skipper of an Irish register fishing vessel called the coast guard at Valentia to report a crew man had crushed his lower leg almost 100 nautical miles south west of Kinsale.

The Waterford-based 117 rescue helicopter was tasked to the scene, with the Air Corps CASA providing search and rescue (SAR) top cover during the medical evacuation.

The Maritime patrol aircraft arrived at the scene before the helicopter, assessing the situation for the crew, and then circled above helicopter while the fisherman was being winched on board.

The injured fisherman was brought to Cork Airport, where he was transferred to hospital by ambulance.

“The Air Corps crew used their maritime surveillance and communications equipment to assist the Coast Guard helicopter which arrived on-scene at 12:50 pm and spent 30 minutes on scene winching the casualty to safety,” said a Defence Forces spokeswoman.

The Irish Coast Guard rescue helicopter.

“The CASA kept a watchful eye over the helicopter as it routed ashore and co-ordinated with Air Traffic control and the Coast Guard for a speedy transfer of the patient from Cork airport to Cork University Hospital.

“The flight crew also keep communications with the Coast Guard and Air Traffic control and advise them on the status of the mission."

The Air Corps fixed Wing CASA Maritime Patrol Aircraft. Picture: Defence Forces
The Air Corps fixed Wing CASA Maritime Patrol Aircraft. Picture: Defence Forces

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