Rescue 115 airlifts injured fishermen from trawler

Rescue 115 airlifts injured fishermen from trawler


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Two injured crew members have been airlifted to hospital from a fishing vessel off the west coast this afternoon.

Both are said to have sustained head injuries while working on board a trawler about 60 nautical miles (111 kilometres) west of Dingle in Kerry.

The alarm was raised by the vessel’s crew at around 11.20am today when they contacted the Irish Coast Guard.

The Shannon-based search and rescue helicopter, Rescue 115, was tasked and took off shortly before midday for the one-hour flight to rendezvous with the trawler.

Rescue 115 reached the vessel at around 1.00pm and the helicopter’s paramedic was winched onto the deck to assess the casualties.

Weather conditions on scene were reported to be poor with winds reaching up to Force 6.

Both patients were winched on board the helicopter and flown to University Hospital Limerick for treatment.

There is no information available about their condition however it’s believed their injuries are not life-threatening.

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


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.