Fisherman airlifted from trawler off Clare coast

Fisherman airlifted from trawler off Clare coast

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File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015
File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015

A fisherman has been airlifted to hospital after falling ill on board a fishing trawler off the Clare coast this afternoon.

The alarm was raised shortly before 10.00am when the Irish Coast Guard was alerted and requested to provide assistance.

The ‘Arkh Angell’, an Irish registered fishing trawler, was about 40 kilometres west of Hags Head (Liscannor) at the time.

The Shannon based search and rescue helicopter, Rescue 115, was engaged in another mission so the Sligo helicopter was requested to respond.

Rescue 118 reached the vessel at around 10.50am and spent almost 80 minutes on scene before the casualty was winched from the deck and flown to University Hospital Galway for treatment.

The man is understood to have been complaining of abdominal problems.

Meanwhile, the crew of the Shannon helicopter was involved in a rescue operation in the Castletownshend area of West Cork. 

The person was located and airlifted to Cork Airport where an ambulance was waiting to take the casualty to Cork University Hospital.

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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