Shannon coast guard rescues injured fisherman

first_imgLinkedin WhatsApp Advertisement Twitter Print The Shannon based Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 115 has evacuated a seriously injured crewman from a large Russian fishing vessel approximately 140 nautical miles West of Kerry Head.The operation, which occurred yesterday evening, was coordinated by the Marine Rescue Coordination Centre in Valentia Island and supported by the Naval ship LÉ Róisín. Crew members from the LÉ Róisín went  on board the vessel and assisted with casualty evacuation. Communication support and back up, known as Top Cover, was provided by a second Coast Guard helicopter, the Waterford based R117.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Weather conditions in the area for helicopter operations were difficult, bordering on marginal for such operations with a strong West South West swell and winds gusting in excess of 35mph.The helicopter then routed to University Hospital Limerick, following an essential fuel stopover at Kerry airport.This is the second operation in recent weeks where the LÉ Róisín assisted the Coast Guard in an operation at sea. Coast Guard helicopters are capable of operating out to 200 miles and operations of this nature are indicative of the professionalism of the Coast Guard Helicopter Rescue crews. The Coast Guard complimented  the crew of the LÉ Róisín for their efficiency in operating a RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) in difficult conditions and for getting crew members onto the fishing vessel. Facebook TAGSShannon coast guard Email NewsLocal NewsShannon coast guard rescues injured fishermanBy Editor – February 22, 2017 1033 Previous articleMichel Déon talk at Pery SquareNext articleLimerick U/21 Football panel confirmed Editorlast_img