Friday 30 September 2016

Man cut loose from rope attached to sinking capsized boat in daring rescue

Winchman has been hailed a hero for his rescue efforts

Published 10/04/2016 | 11:07

Rescue 118 at Letterkenny Hospital after delivering our rescued man Credit: Michael Treacy
Rescue 118 at Letterkenny Hospital after delivering our rescued man Credit: Michael Treacy

A man was rescued off the Irish coast after getting into serious difficulty after his boat capsized.

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Locals alerted Malin Head Coast Guard after a person was seen in the water by the boat off Co Donegal.

Rope wrapped around casualty. He wore a life-jacket and used the life ring Credit: Michael Treacy
Rope wrapped around casualty. He wore a life-jacket and used the life ring Credit: Michael Treacy

The incident occurred east of Innishinny Island shortly before 5pm yesterday evening.

Lifeboats from Bunbeg station and Aranmore station arrived at the scene shortly afterwards.

Rescue efforts were hampered, however, because of adverse weather conditions and breaking surf. 

The man was wearing a lifejacket which was keeping him afloat in the choppy waters.

Sligo Coast Guard's helicopter was then elisted, which arrived on scene and lowered winchman Gary Robertson to the sinking boat.

The man was attached to his boat with rope wrapped four times - and was sinking with the boat at this time. 

Inishinny Island - scene of rescue Credit: Michael Treacy
Inishinny Island - scene of rescue Credit: Michael Treacy

Winchman Robertson had to cut the sinking man loose with his knife in a last minute effort to save him.

The man was then extracted at approximately 5.30pm.

The Rescue 118 helicopter then rushed to Letterkenny hospital with the patient who was in critical condition.

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