Injured crewman airlifted from trawler off west coast

Injured crewman airlifted from trawler off west coast


File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2019

The Shannon-based Irish Coast Guard helicopter airlifted an injured crewman from a fishing trawler off the west coast overnight.

The medical evacuation (medevac) was mounted after the alarm was raised at around 11.35pm last night. Watch officers at the Irish Coast Guard’s marine rescue sub-centre on Valentia Island in Kerry received a report of an incident on board the Irish registered vessel which was located about 155 kilometres west of Loop Head in Co Clare.

A crewman was reported to have suffered crush injuries in an accident on board and required urgent medical attention.

The crew of Rescue 115 reached the trawler shortly before 1.30am. The Coast Guard winchman/paramedic was lowered onto the deck of the vessel where the injured man was assessed and prepared for the medevac.

The casualty was winched onboard the helicopter and flown to Shannon Airport as weather conditions at the helipad at University Hospital were not suitable for safe operations.

At Shannon, National Ambulance Service paramedics were waiting for the helicopter when it landed at 2.45am. The injured man transported to UHL for treatment. His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.


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.