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Ill fisherman rescued off the Isles of Scilly

Lifeboats News Release

St Mary's volunteer lifeboat crew, under the command of coxswain Peter Hicks, rescued an Irish fisherman who was seriously ill on Saturday (8 June).

The St Mary's RNLI all-weather lifeboat launched at 2.25am on Saturday 8 June and proceeded to the casualty approximately 40 miles west of the Isles of Scilly. In darkness and a 3 metre high swell, the injured fisherman was transferred to the lifeboat that then made its way back to the islands.

Once in St Mary's Roads, the casualty was picked up at 5.45am by the UK coastguard rescue helicopter 924, which then flew immediately to hospital on the mainland.

The St Mary's RNLI lifeboat The Whiteheads was then refuelled and placed back on the mooring ready for service.

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