Coastguard rescues sick man from ship
TWO elderly people were taken by helicopter to hospital in separate incidents involving the coastguard yesterday.
And another man had to be rescued from an inflatable dinghy after his engine broke down.
The first callout reached the emergency services at 9.20am when an elderly crew member of an oil rig supply vessel became seriously ill. The ship was 40 miles west of Erris Head, Co Mayo. The man was taken to Sligo General and is expected to recover fully.
Just over two hours later, the engine of a small inflatable boat broke down off Oyster Island in Sligo Bay. The man was brought safely to shore by the lifeboat team.
Then at 5.25pm, the Sligo helicopter was called out to help an elderly woman who had fallen and broken her ankle at Creevy Pier, between Ballyshannon and Rosnowlagh in Donegal Bay.