Clifden RNLI in search and rescue operation for fisherman off Cruagh Island
Volunteers from Clifden RNLI were involved in the search and rescue operation for a fisherman off Cruagh Island yesterday evening (23 May).
The alarm was raised by another fisherman shortly before 5pm.
Both Clifden RNLI’s Atlantic 85 inshore and the Mersey class all-weather lifeboats launched and made their way to the scene off Cruagh Island, approximately seven miles from the station.
The Rescue 115 helicopter from Shannon was also tasked. Once on scene, a search commenced and the helicopter crew spotted the casualty in the water and guided Clifden RNLI’s Atlantic 85 lifeboat to him.
The man was then transferred into the lifeboat where the lifeboat crew began to administer casualty care. He was subsequently brought to Clifden lifeboat station where he was transferred into the care of ambulance paramedics and then airlifted by helicopter to hospital.
Speaking this morning following the death of the fisherman, John Brittain, Clifden RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager said: ‘All at Clifden RNLI would like to extend their sincere sympathies with the family of this man. Our thoughts are very much with them at this time.’
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