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Howth RNLI rescue fisherman taken ill aboard trawler

Lifeboats News Release

Howth RNLI launched at 3.45pm yesterday (Sunday 15 May) to reports of a fisherman in need of medical attention on a fishing boat 20 miles north of Lambay Island.

The casualty was removed from the fishing vessel and brought back to Howth to a waiting ambulance and transferred to hospital for treatment.
The request to launch came at 3.30pm and the Howth RNLI all-weather lifeboat proceeded 20 miles north of Howth and located the fishing trawler with the male casualty aboard. The Coast Guard helicopter was on scene to assist if necessary.

Weather was excellent with hazy sunshine and good visibility. The sea state was calm with little or no wind present.

Howth RNLI volunteers David Howard and Joss Walsh transferred to the fishing vessel to assess the casualty.  It was decided to remove the fisherman to the lifeboat and return to Howth where an ambulance was waiting to take the casualty to Beaumont hospital.

Speaking following the call out, Ian Sheridan, Howth RNLI Second Duty Coxswain said: ‘Weather conditions certainly helped in the success of this operation today.  We were pleased that our volunteer lifeboat crew’s training allowed us to very quickly locate and board the casualty vessel and take the fisherman back to Howth Marina and to an awaiting ambulance.’

Notes to editors
• Howth RNLI lifeboat station has been operating since 1862. (Howth Lifeboat station was established prior to 1825 and was taken over by the Institution in 1862 from the Dublin Ballast Board) To learn more about the lifeboat station go to
• A photocall will be held on Saturday morning at the lifeboat station. Please contact the lifeboat station press officer to register your attendance
• Coxswain Fred Connolly is available for interview
• A video of Howth Lifeboat on joint RNLI exercise with Clogherhead and Skerries lifeboats

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