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Crosshaven RNLI in late night medical evacuation of ill man from fishing boat

Lifeboats News Release

Last night (Saturday 28 January), Valentia Marine Rescue Sub Centre (MRSC)activated the pagers of Crosshaven RNLI volunteers to assist with a medical evacuation.

RNLI/Jon Mathers

Crosshaven RNLI
A fisherman became ill onboard a 12m fishing vessel and required immediate
evacuation to hospital.

The pagers were activated at 10.22pm and the lifeboat with James Fegan in command and with crew, Susanne Deane, Jon Bermingham
and Alan Venner onboard, was quickly underway to intercept the casualty vessel as it headed for Cork Harbour. In slight seas, the lifeboat was able to achieve 28 knots towards the vessel and met with the vessel about four miles south of Roches Point.

James Fegan transferred command of the lifeboat to Alan Venner before going onboard the fishing vessel to assess the casualty and transferring him to the lifeboat for a speedy return to Crosshaven. The lifeboat arrived back in Crosshaven at 11.30pm and was met by the National
Ambulance Service who conveyed the patient to Cork University Hospital.

Speaking following the call out, James Fegan, Crosshaven RNLI Helm said: 'As the crew were Portuguese speakers with little English, the Valentia MRSC controller did a superb job of interpreting via radio relay with the lifeboat crew and we also had a Portuguese speaking crew member, Jeff Lacerda at Crosshaven who was able to interpret for the paramedics when the casualty was handed over to the ambulance crew. We would like to wish the casualty well.'

Shore crew were Dave Venner, Ian Venner, Conor Barry, Jeff Lacerda and Deputy Launching Authority was Hugh Tully.

The lifeboat was refuelled, washed down and declared ready for service once more at 12.10am.


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