Saturday 26 May 2018

Passenger 'in need of urgent medical attention' airlifted from cruise ship off Irish coast

Irish Coast Guard helicopter. Stock picture
Irish Coast Guard helicopter. Stock picture Newsdesk Newsdesk

An Irish Coastguard helicopter has airlifted a passenger from a cruise ship off the Irish coast.

The Sligo based Coast Guard helicopter (R118) was called to the cruise ship, Marco Polo, after they received a call saying a passenger was "in need of urgent medical attention".

Malin Rescue Coordination Centre received the early morning request from the UK Maritime Coast Guard Agency. The Coast Guard was asked to assume coordination of the operation.

In a statement the Department of Transport confirmed that the rendezvous with the ship took place approximately 190 miles west of Erris Head shortly before 08.30am.

The Coast Guard helicopter then travelled to University Hospital Galway where it was due to arrive before midday.

An Air Corps Casa had been made available to provide communications and surveillance back up, known as ‘Top Cover’ but had to be redeployed to conduct two separate patient transfers to UK on foot of a request from National Ambulance Service.

This role was reassigned to the Dublin based Coast Guard helicopter (R116).

Weather conditions at the time were described as reasonable.

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