Thursday 23 March 2017

Fisherman who badly cut hand on boat's propeller rescued in early morning operation

Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

Ballycotton RNLI
Ballycotton RNLI

A FISHERMAN who badly cut his hand while trying to free the propeller of his boat from a tangled net was rescued off the Cork coast.

The man was rescued by the Ballycotton RNLI lifeboat shortly after 8.30am today just off Ardnahinch in east Cork.

Ballycotton RNLI Coxswain Eolan Walsh said the fisherman followed the correct procedures in raising the alarm - and was brought for medical attention as a priority.

"The fisherman who was wearing a lifejacket did the right thing this morning and called for assistance when he found himself in difficulty and we would like to wish him a speedy recovery following his injury,"he said.

"We would encourage everyone whether they are using the sea for work or leisure to always respect the water. Always wear a lifejacket and carry a means of calling for helping and know how to use it should you get into trouble."

The fisherman had been attempting to untangle a net which had got caught in his boat’s propeller when he got into difficulty.

The all-weather lifeboat under Coxswain Walsh and with five crew members onboard launched along with the station’s boarding boat with two crew members.

Weather conditions at the time were described as good with moderate Force 3-4 south westerly winds.

The lifeboats made their way to the scene one nautical mile and a half from Ballycotton where the smaller boarding boat on arrival was able to gain good access to the casualty on his vessel.

A crew member went onboard the boat and assessed the fisherman before applying a bandage to his damaged hand.

The man was then transferred to the all-weather lifeboat and given further casualty care by crew member Claire McCarthy who is also a nurse.

The casualty was treated with no further medical assistance required.

As the all-weather lifeboat proceeded to bring the fisherman safely back to shore, the crew on the boarding boat worked to set up a towline before bringing the fisherman’s boat back to Ballycotton.

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