Dun Laoghaire RNLI carry out medical evacuation in Dublin Bay
Dun Laoghaire RNLI carried out a medical evacuation in Dublin Bay last night after a man took ill onboard a ship.
The all-weather lifeboat was requested to launch at 8.50pm by the Irish Coast Guard.
The lifeboat launched immediately under Coxswain Mark McGibney and with six crew members onboard.
Weather conditions at the time were good with flat calm seas and a Force 1-2 wind.
Arriving on scene approximately three nautical miles from the lifeboat station, the crew observed the tanker anchored east of the harbour. The lifeboat came alongside the vessel where the crew of the ship dropped a pilot’s ladder to enable the sick man to walk down. The casualty was then transferred on to the lifeboat.
Once inside the cabin, casualty care was administered, and the man was reassured as the lifeboat made its way back to Dun Laoghaire.
On arrival at the emergency berth, the casualty was transferred into the care of Dun Laoghaire Coast Guard and the National Ambulance Service and subsequently brought on to hospital for further treatment.
Speaking following the call out, Dun Laoghaire RNLI crew member Laura Jackson said: ‘Thankfully the man was reasonably well on our arrival for him to walk of the ship and we were then able to provide him with the necessary casualty care and reassurance he needed as the lifeboat made the short passage back to the station. We would like to wish the man a speedy recovery and thank our own volunteers and our colleagues in both the Coast Guard and the ambulance service for their co-operation.’
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