Coast Guard Helicopter evacuates crewmember from ship 100 miles west of Fastnet

4 December 2015, Friday 1pm
By Bryan Smyth

The Waterford based Irish Coast Guard Helicopter R117 has successfully completed the medical evacuation of a crewman from a Swedish registered container vessel MV Atlantic Cartier approximately one hundred miles west of the Fastnet Rock.

Valentia Rescue Coordination centre coordinated the operation and communications and top cover support was provided by a second Coast Guard helicopter the Shannon based R115. The operation was conducted in challenging weather conditions with strong gale force weather conditions and heavy seas on scene.

The injured crewman is receiving medical attention at Cork University Hospital.


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