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Russian crewman airlifted to hospital by Irish coastguard team


Irish coast guard

Irish coast guard

Irish coast guard

A Russian crewman is recovering in hospital after being rescued by coastguard members off the Irish coast.

The man was airlifted to Hospital by the Sligo based Coast Guard Helicopter  from his position around 180 miles off the coast of Erris Head, Co Mayo.

Two helicopters were used in the rescue due to the distance involved, a second helicopter from Dublin was drafted in for communication support.

"The operation was coordinated by the Coast Guard Rescue Coordination Centre in Malin Head...Both helicopters refuelled at Blacksod prior to transiting to the scene," the Department of Transport said in a statement.

"The Russian crewman was airlifted at 4.30am  and transferred to Sligo University Hospital where he was admitted shortly before 6am."

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