A VOLUNTEER water rescue crew tackled huge swells and high winds to come to the aid of a sick fisherman.
The Castletownbere RNLI were launched last night just after 11pm to go help a seriously ill skipper on board fishing boat off the West Cork coast.
The RNLI crew was tasked by Valentia Coastguard Radio after the alarm was raised by the 30-metre Spanish-registered fishing trawler, located south-west of Castletownbere.
The lifeboat was launched within minutes under the command of Coxswain Dave Fenton with crew Marney O’Donogue, John Paul Downey, Kyle Cronin and Donagh Murphy.
Fighting three to four-metre swells and gusting east northeast winds up to Force 6, the crew located the vessel at 12.09 nineteen miles south-west of Ardnakinna lighthouse. Conditions on-scene were challenging with a
The lifeboat then escorted the trawler to just inside the mouth of Castletownbere harbour where a local pilot went aboard and took command of the vessel.
The casualty, a man in his late fifties, was transferred to the lifeboat in calmer waters.
The lifeboat then took the casualty to Castletownbere RNLI station in Cork where he transferred a waiting ambulance at 2.10am.
He was taken to hospital for medical assessment and treatment.
Commenting on the callout Castletownbere RNLI Lifeboat Deputy Launching Authority, Felix O’Donoghue, complimented the crew on its rapid response, maintaining strict COVID-19 protocols and the safe transfer of the ill casualty’.
The RNLI is a charity set up with the aim of saving lives at sea and on other selected inland waters.
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The RNLI depends solely on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service.
Founded in 1824, the RNLI estimates that it has helped save over 140,000 lives.