Wednesday 22 January 2020

Man in serious condition after eight saved from capsized boat

Rescue 118 helicopter Stock picture
Rescue 118 helicopter Stock picture

Ralph Riegel and Chai Brady

Two men were rushed to hospital, one in a serious condition, after eight people were rescued from a capsized boat off the Sligo coast.

The rescue prompted a major response from the Irish Coast Guard and the RNLI amid concerns for the safety of the eight people on board the pleasure craft.

The alarm was raised shortly after 11am yesterday when a boat capsized in the southern part of Sligo Bay.

One man was airlifted by the Irish Coast Guard's Rescue 118 helicopter to Sligo Hospital's emergency department.

He is understood to have been treated for a suspected cardiac problem. The man is believed to be in a serious but stable condition.

A second person was brought to hospital by ambulance after suffering a head injury.


Malin Head Coast Guard got the alert after a local diving club's boat capsized in waters offshore of Skreen.

The Killala Coast Guard Unit, the Bundoran RNLI lifeboat, the Sligo Bay lifeboat and Rescue 118 helicopter were deployed to the area.

All the men were recovered from the water by noon.

Rescue Helicopter 118 was in nearby Blacksod Bay as part of the search for the missing Coast Guard crew of Rescue 116.

The man in a serious condition was flown straight to hospital, while the remaining men were brought ashore to Aughris Pier.

A second person was brought to hospital by ambulance. The remaining six did not need hospitalisation.

One rescue official said all eight had followed correct safety procedures and had stayed together in the water.

Rescuers also said the operation was greatly helped by the fact it happened not far offshore.

Weather conditions were described as brisk, but visibility was excellent.

Irish Independent

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