RNLI launch in early hours to provide medical assistance to ill
fisherman off the Cork coast
RNLI launched in the early hours of this morning (Wednesday 10 May)
to assist in the medical evacuation of a fisherman 20 miles south
of Ballycotton Lighthouse.
volunteer lifeboat crew was requested to launch their all-weather
lifeboat by the Irish Coast Guard at 12.33am.
lifeboat under Coxswain Eolan Walsh and with six crew members onboard
launched to meet the fishing vessel which had five crew members
onboard and was making its way to Ballycotton.
Irish Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 117 from Waterford was also
conditions at the time were described as good with a easterly Force
1-2 wind blowing.
at 1.20am, two lifeboat crew members were immediately put on board
the casualtys vessel where they proceeded to assess the man
and administer casualty care.
man was then transferred onto the lifeboat and brought back to Ballycotton
where he was transferred into care of a waiting ambulance crew on
following the call out, Ballycotton RNLI Coxswain Eolan Walsh said:
We were glad the fishermen, all of whom were wearing lifejackets,
were able to raise the alarm when one of their crew members began
to feel unwell and required medical assistance. We would like to
wish the man a speedy recovery following his ordeal early this morning.
we approach the summer months, we would remind anyone taking to
the sea to always carry a means of calling for help or signalling
should you need assistance. It is also important to let someone
on the shore know when you set sail and when you are due back.