A man is fighting for his life and another man has been arrested after a stabbing incident on board a ship in the Atlantic.
Gardai in Killybegs, Co Donegal, met a Liberian-registered ship at 10am today to make the arrest.
The Sligo 118 Coast Guard rescue helicopter was despatched to the vessel 240 miles off the Mayo coast in the early hours of yesterday morning.
It followed a radio call to Malin Head Coast Guard station in which the ship’s captain reported one of his crew was seriously injured after being stabbed.
First aid was administered to the 26-year-old Ukrainian national aboard The Afric Star which was en route from St Petersburg in Russia to Cristabel in Panama.
The cargo ship’s captain, who raised the alarm with the UK Coast Guard in Falmouth, reported that he had detained a 32-year-old Ukrainian crew member as a result of the stabbing incident.
“We were asked by the UK authorities to handle the incident,” said a Malin Head Coast Guard spokesman.
“The 26-year-old man suffered a deep stab wound to the chest and the Sligo 118 was despatched to the Afric Star before being flown to Sligo General Hospital for treatement.
“As a result of talks involving the captain and the ship’s owners it was agreed that the vessel would come into Killybegs.”
The victim of the attack remains in a critical condition in Sligo hospital.
Gardai say a 32-year-old man was arrested aboard a ship in Killybegs harbour this morning.
Interpreters are being used to interview the man later today as well as potential witnesses among the crew.