Thursday 12 December 2019

Irish Coastguard airlifts man to hospital following accident on vessel 200 miles off Irish Coast

Irish Coastguard airlifts man to hospital following accident on vessel 200 miles off Irish Coast
Irish Coastguard airlifts man to hospital following accident on vessel 200 miles off Irish Coast
Conor Feehan

Conor Feehan

A worker on a Liberian registered merchant ship has been airlifted to hospital after being injured on board his vessel more than 200 miles off the Donegal coast.

The emergency was sparked at around 3am when Malin Head coastguard received the call from the ship as it passed 220 miles off Donegal Bay.

The coastguard rescue helicopter from Sligo responded to the call and arrived at the scene shortly after 7am and prepared to winch the man from the ship.

It is understood he had suffered chest injuries in an accident on board.

The helicopter was provided with ‘top cover’ by the Irish Air Corps who provided a Lear jet.

The Air Corps monitored the helicopter visually on the medical evacuation and was tasked with maintaining contact with the coast guard in the event that communications signals from the rescue helicopter weakened with the distance from the coast.

Irish Independent

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