Tuesday 17 October 2017

Fisherman suffering from chest pains airlifted in stormy weather off Irish coast

The rescue off the South West Coast. Picture: Irish Defence Forces
The rescue off the South West Coast. Picture: Irish Defence Forces
Cathal McMahon

Cathal McMahon

This is the dramatic moment a fisherman suffering from chest pains was rescued from a trawler by the Irish navy 417 kilometres off the coast.

The LÉ Roisin responded to a request to provide medical assistance off Bantry Bay on Wednesday.

The rescue off the South West Coast. Picture: Irish Defence Forces
The rescue off the South West Coast. Picture: Irish Defence Forces

The operation began at approximately 6pm when the crew, who were on a Maritime Security and Defence patrol off the West coast, received a distress signal regarding a crew man who was suffering chest pains onboard a fishing vessel from the Faroe Islands.

The Irish Air Corps CASA plane arrived on the scene at 8pm and provided top cover.

Medical crew from the LÉ Róisín went on board the fishing vessel, who treated the patient and assisted in his transfer to the Coast Guard helicopter.

According to the Irish Defence Forces weather conditions on-scene were difficult, in an Easterly Force 7.

The Irish Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 115 was on-scene at 8.30pm and by 9.20pm the patient departed for Shannon Hospital.

In a statement the Defence Forces confirmed that the LÉ Róisín was back on general patrol at 9.35pm.

The rescue off the South West Coast. Picture: Irish Defence Forces
The rescue off the South West Coast. Picture: Irish Defence Forces

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