Long distance rescue called off
A major rescue operation to airlift a cruise passenger from a ship 400 miles off the south west coast of Ireland has been called off.
The Irish Coast Guard helicopter was carrying out one of its longest range rescue missions to date when it suffered technical problems as it refuelled on an oil rig.
A spokeswoman said medics on board the ship also assessed the patient, a 79-year-old man, and decided it was better to keep him on board.
The ship, the MS Marina travelling from the US to Cork, was 800 nautical miles (920 miles) off the coast when the alarm was raised on Thursday night.
It is due to dock in Cork overnight, when the man will be taken to hospital.
The Shannon-based rescue helicopter was supported by the Irish Air Corps Casa maritime patrol aircraft, which provided top cover during the mission.
The Irish naval ship the LE Roisin also was involved.