Sunday 21 January 2018

Two injured crewmen airlifted to safety from Irish waters

The Irish Coast Guard rescue helicopter.
The Irish Coast Guard rescue helicopter. Newsdesk Newsdesk

An injured crewman was airlifted from a Russian fishing vessel early this morning.

The coastguard helicopter was dispatched to assist in the medical evacuation of the man who was aboard that boat that was some 150 miles out at sea.

It is understood that the fisherman was suffering with internal bleeding caused by an ulcer.

Although the Coastguard and Air Corps were made aware of the situation last night, the operation was delayed until this morning.

This was due to the difficulty of the operation, namely the unfavourable conditions and the fact the vessel was so far out at sea.

Rescue helicopter 115 arrived on scene at 7.46am with the assistance of the Air Corps, which arrived overhead shortly before 7am.

It took 25 minutes for the Coast Guard helicopter to winch the injured man to safety.

The patient was then transferred to Cork airport and onwards to Kerry General Hospital in Tralee.

It is the second time in a week a Russian vessel has requested coastguard assistance.

On Friday another fisherman required a medical evacuation after injuring his arm.

A similar mission was conducted in the darkness to take the man to safety, 170 miles off Castletownbere.

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