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Arklow RNLI launch to assist wounded sailor

Lifeboats News Release

Arklow RNLI volunteers were alerted by pager at approximately 1.25pm on Sunday afternoon last (15 January).

Arklow Lifeboat returning home after service

RNLI/Tommy Dover

Arklow Lifeboat Returning Home

In the first launch of 2017 RNLB Ger Tigchleaar was at sea within minutes in response to a call for assistance from a 17m sailing vessel which was enroute from Scotland to Arklow.

It was reported that a member of the crew of eight had sustained an injury to the head and his condition had deteriorated.

The lifeboat crew consisting of Coxswain Ned Dillon, Aiden Downey, Craig O’Reilly, Jimmy Myler, Eddie McElheron, David Lee and Geoff Kearnes launched Ger Tigchleaar into moderate seas and proceeded to the scene and located the sailing vessel approximately 12 miles north east of Arklow.

On scene the casualty was transferred to Arklow RNLI's all-weather lifeboat and assessed by the crew where it was decided it would be best to transfer him to hospital immediately. The casualty was airlifted from the lifeboat by an Irish Coast Guard helicopter and flown directly to hospital.

The sailing vessel continued on its passage to Arklow.

Speaking following the call out, Mark Corcoran, Arklow RNLI Community Safety Officer said: 'Thanks to the experience of the people on board, a decision was made to call for help. Making this decision at the earliest possible time is the key to our volunteers making it to the casualty vessel and people on time.'

For anyone who requires water safety advice from the RNLI's Community Safety Team, you can contact mark@aslsafety.com or call Mark on 086 8260439.

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Credit: Tommy Dover, Wicklow RNLI

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For more information please contact Mark Corcoran, Arklow RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 0868260439, email mark@aslsafety.com or contact Nuala McAloon RNLI Press Officer on 087 648 3547 or email Nuala_McAloon@rnli.org.uk or Niamh Stephenson RNLI Public Relations Manager on 087 1254 124 or 01 8900 460 email Niamh_Stephenson@rnli.org.uk

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