Clogherhead RNLI assists in medical evacuation of fisherman from boat
Clogherhead RNLI assisted a fisherman in need of medical attention on Thursday (8 March).
At approximately 5.45pm, Clogherhead RNLI's all-weather lifeboat was launched following a request for a medical evacuation from a small fishing boat operating off Gormanstown and north east of Braymore Point, Balbriggan.
On arrival at the scene, members of the volunteer lifeboat crew boarded the fishing vessel to attend to the casualty and assess the situation.
The casualty who had received a leg injury, was stabilised by the lifeboat crew and then carefully transferred by stretcher on to the lifeboat.
The Irish Coast Guard Helicopter Rescue 116 from Dublin, also attended the scene and was hovering close by. A paramedic from the helicopter crew provided further treatment before the casualty was winched aboard the helicopter.
Speaking afterwards, Clogherhead RNLI Coxswain Tomás Whelehan said: 'We would like to wish the casualty a speedy recovery following his ordeal. This rescue demonstrated the value of our ongoing training and as lifeboat crew and also highlights the importance of joint working with our colleagues in the Irish Coast Guard.'
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.