An injured fisherman was hospitalised after he had to be rescued by the RNLI this afternoon.
The man, who is understood to be from Cork, was working on a 30-metre trawler five miles west of Salthill in Galway today when he injured his hand.
The skipper on his boat raised the alarm with the Irish Coastguard, who immediately contacted the Galway RNLI Lifeboat.
Within ten minutes RNLI volunteer crew Brian Niland, Leanne McHugh, John O’Sullivan and Ian O’Gorman launched from Galway docks.
They met the trawler off the Galway coast and the man was attended to by two RNLI first aiders, who treated his wound, stopped the bleeding, sling-ed his arm, and prevented hypothermia.
He was brought on the lifeboat back to Galway Docks, where he was transferred via a waiting ambulance to University Hospital Galway.
Galway Lifeboat Helmsman Brian Niland said: "There was a good outcome to this incident and thankfully conditions were calm and favourable."