Rescue 115 airlifts man from cruise liner

Rescue 115 airlifts man from cruise liner


Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

The Shannon based Irish Coast Guard helicopter has airlifted an elderly man to hospital from a transatlantic ocean liner off the Cork coast.

The alarm was raised during the night when the crew of the Queen Mary 2 requested assistance from the Irish Coast Guard.

The man, believed to be suffering from a cardiac problem, was treated on board by the ship’s own medical crew.

The Shannon based search and rescue helicopter – Rescue 115 – was tasked at first light and reached the liner at 8.10am. At the time, the ship was about 60 nautical miles (111 kms) south west of Castletownbere.

The helicopter’s paramedic was winched onto the deck of the 345m long liner where the patient had been prepared for the medevac operation.

After about 35 minutes on scene the helicopter airlifted the man to University Hospital Tralee where he was handed into the care of the HSE.

The operation was coordinated by watch officers at the Irish Coast Guard marine rescue sub centre on Valentia Island in Kerry.

The ocean liner, operated by the Cunard Line, was on its way from New York City to Southampton in England at the time. The ship is due to dock in Southampton at 11.30am tomorrow.


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.