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Crosshaven RNLI in early morning medical evacuation to help ill man on trawler

Lifeboats News Release

Crosshaven RNLI carried out a medical evacuation in the early hours of last Sunday morning to bring an ill fisherman onboard a trawler to safety.

Shortly after 5.30am on Sunday (6 January), volunteers from Crosshaven RNLI

were paged and requested by the Irish Coast Guard to go the assistance of an ill crew member onboard a UK registered super trawler two miles south of Roches Point.

The inshore lifeboat, with Ian Venner in command and Derek Moynan, Caomhe Foster and Alan Venner onboard were quickly underway and met with the ship at 6.10am.

Having assessed the situation, the lifeboat crew, swiftly evacuated the ill man back to the lifeboat station in Crosshaven before handing him into the care of National Ambulance Service paramedics.

Speaking following the call out, Patsy Fegan, Crosshaven RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager said: ‘We would like to wish the casualty a speedy recovery and thank our

crew. Our hats are off to them, it’s a shock to the system to be awoken from a deep sleep by your pager and be on a lifeboat within 10 minutes but this is what our volunteers are willing and prepared for in order to help someone in need.

Shore crew on Sunday morning were Gary Heslin, Molly Murphy, Jonathan Birmingham and James Fegan.


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