Valentia RNLI comes to the aid of a Ill Fisherman
Valentia RNLI volunteers launched their all-weather lifeboat this morning (9 April) to assist a fisherman who required medical attention.
At 07.25am the Valentia Coast Guard requested Valentia RNLI all-weather lifeboat to launch to a ill fisherman on board a 22m fishing vessel, west of Dingle Harbour. The illness was non Covid-19 related. The vessel with six people on board required medical assistance for one of their crew members.
At the location there was a four to five foot swell with a force two easterly wind. Taking into consideration the condition of the fisherman, the current tide and draught of the fishing vessel. Our Coxswain decided the best and safest option was to escort the fishing vessel to Dingle Harbour.The fisherman was then taken to University Hospital Kerry for medical attention by the National Ambulance Service.
Speaking following the call out, Valentia RNLI Coxswain Richard Quigley said: The fishing vessel made the right decision in calling for help to ensure the ill fisherman received the proper medical treatment. He noted at these current times we urge everyone to stay safe and Respect the Water.
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.