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Saturday 16 December 2017

Lone fisherman dramatically rescued after he was spotted at sea clinging to a lobster pot bouy

Volunteer lifeboat crew were involved in the dramatic rescue of a lone fisherman who was found clinging to a lobster pot bouy yesterday.

The call for help came when a mother and her son, who were out tending sheep near Tullagh beach in Donegal, heard cries for help and saw the man out at sea clinging to a lobster bouy.

The alarm was raised at 1.50pm and two Lough Swilly RNLI lifeboats, a local fishing vessel, the Irish Coast Guard helicopter from Sligo and the Coast Guard Greencastle boat, responded to the emergency.

First on scene was a local fishing boat who was guided to the location of the casualty by the mother and son who had seen the man in trouble from the beach. 

They recovered the freezing casualty, who was wearing a lifejacket, onto their vessel. 

Three minutes later the Lough Swilly RNLI inshore lifeboat arrived on scene and the casualty was brought onboard the lifeboat.

The volunteer crew immediately administered oxygen and wrapped him blankets to warm him up, a RNLI spokesperson has said.

A few minutes later the Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 118 arrived overhead and winched a paramedic onboard the lifeboat.  He then assessed the casualty.

The casualty was immediately flown to hospital for treatment. 

Lough Swilly RNLI crewmember Joe Joyce said, ‘This man was very fortunate that his cries for help were heard by the mother and her son at Tullagh.”

“Once they raised the alarm, help was at hand within minutes.”

“From the arrival of the local fishing vessel, to the fast response of the lifeboat crew and Coast Guard; everyone worked together to help the casualty.”

“We wish him a full recovery from his ordeal and we thank all the members of the public who had such a vital role in this rescue operation.”

The RNLI operates over 230 lifeboat stations with 43 in Ireland.

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