Sunday 26 February 2017

Woman (72) removed from cruise ship off Cork coast after falling suddenly ill

Jane O'Faherty

The Coast Guard helicopter
The Coast Guard helicopter

A 72-year-old woman has been removed from a cruise ship after suffering an arterial blockage whilst on board.

The woman was aboard the Regal Princess when she fell ill 180 miles (290km) south west of Castletownbere, Co. Cork.

The Shannon Rescue Helicopter 115 was deployed to help the woman disembark the ship, accompanied by a plane from the Air Corps.

The woman was taken into the helicopter at 6.10pm local time on Friday, and is being brought to Cork University Hospital.

Meanwhile, the Waterford Rescue Helicopter 117 was sent to take a man in his 30s off a cargo ship to Cork University Hospital.

The man, who is a crew member on board the Hanjin Cape Lambert, was bleeding above his eye. It is also believed that he was suffering from a broken nose.

It is not clear how the man received the injuries.

He disembarked the vessel, which was 90 miles (145km) off the coast of Castletownbere, at around 5pm on Friday evening.

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