Pilot Sean walking on air after meeting star 'Pharrell'

Padraig Byrne

Published 19/07/2014 | 12:00

Air Corps pilot Seán McCarthy with Pharrell Williams, who he met at Casement Aerodrome

A COUNTY Carlow Air Corps pilot was feeling quite 'Happy' with himself last week as he was singled out for praise and got the chance to meet one of the world's biggest music stars in Pharrell Williams.

Captain Seán McCarthy from Borris was in the process of successfully transferring a patient from Casement Aerodrome to Birmingham for life saving treatment when he was spotted by the multi-platinum 'Happy' and 'Get Lucky' singer who also happened to be in Birmingham Airport.

Seán, who joined the Defence Forces in 2002 and has recently returned from deployment with the UN in the Congo, was delighted to meet Pharrell and said that he couldn't have been any nicer!

'We're just delighted the patient got there safely,' Seán said modestly. 'Pharrell actually approached us when he saw the uniforms and equipment moving through the airport. He was very modest and thanked us for a job well done. He said he was travelling on to Geneva for the next part of his tour and when he was leaving he said: "Keep on saving those lives!"'

It's not every day that the Air Corps are given the recognition they deserve and the crew were delighted that Pharrell took the time to come over and chat to them.

The patient being transferred to Birmingham was awaiting life-saving treatment, having made the cross-channel journey in a little over an hour, utilizing the Lifeport stretcher system for oxygen and electrical supply to ensure full medical care in transit.

The role Seán and the rest of the crew played in getting the patient there in a quick and effective manner was vital and Pharrell was quite right when he said that they save lives.

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