Rescue 115 airlifts injured fisherman to hospital

Rescue 115 airlifts injured fisherman to hospital

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Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

The crew of the Shannon-based Irish Coast Guard helicopter airlifted an injured crew member from a fishing trawler off the south west coast last night.

The 31m (100ft) Spanish registered vessel was about 70 nautical miles (130kms) south west of Dingle, Co Kerry when the crew raised the alarm.

Rescue 115 departed Shannon Airport for the scene at around 7.30pm for the 80-minute flight to rendezvous with the vessel.

On reaching the trawler, a paramedic was winched onto the deck where the injured man was waiting to be assessed. After receiving treatment, the fisherman was winched on board the helicopter and flown to Shannon Airport from where be was transported by road to University Hospital Limerick for treatment.

It’s understood the crew member sustained a serious hand injury.

The fishing vessel is believed to have departed Burela in Spain on February 7th and arrived off the south west coast on Sunday where it has been fishing since.

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

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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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