Fisherman airlifted from trawler off west coast

Fisherman airlifted from trawler off west coast

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

A fisherman was airlifted from a trawler off the west coast in the early hours of this morning.

The 55-year-old man was on board a French registered vessel about 170 kilometres west of Co Clare when he complained of chest pains.

The alarm was raised at around 11.00pm when the trawler’s skipper contacted the Irish Coast Guard marine rescue sub centre on Valentia Island in Kerry.

The Shannon based search and rescue helicopter, Rescue 115, was tasked to undertake the medevac mission and took off at around 11.30pm.

A second helicopter, the Waterford based Rescue 117, was requested to reposition to Shannon Airport where it remained on standby in case another incident arose.

Rescue 115 proceeded to meet the vessel and on reaching the scene, a paramedic was winched onto the deck of the trawler where he assessed the patient.

The casualty was then winched onto the helicopter and flown to University Hospital Limerick where he arrived at around 2.00am.

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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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