Wednesday 22nd February 2017 - Naval Service and Air Corps Assist in the Recovery of a Fisherman.

LÉ Roisin responded to a request to provide medical assistance to a fisherman suffering from chest pains approximately 225 nautical miles off Bantry Bay today.

While on a Maritime Security and Defence patrol off the West coast, a distress signal was received by the LÉ Róisín regarding a crew man who was suffering chest pains onboard a Faroese fishing vessel.

The Faroese fishing vessel requested any vessel in vicinity with medical facilities onboard to give assistance. The Air Corps Maritime Patrol Aircraft had been conducting a maritime patrol when they received a request to provide top cover for the duration of the operation. The CASA arrived on-scene at 8pm.

L.É. Róisín transferred its medical crew onboard the fishing vessel, who assisted in the provision of medical care and the transfer of the casualty to the Coast Guard helicopter.
Weather conditions on-scene were difficult in an Easterly Force 7.
The CG helicopter Rescue 115 was on-scene at 8.30pm and by 9.20pm was en route to Shannon Hospital with the patient.
L.E. Róisín recovered her boat and personnel at 9.35pm and is now continuing her patrol.

The Faroese fishing vessel was operating outside the 200 nm limit which marks the limit of normal EU/Irish fisheries jurisdiction.

The L.É. RÓISÍN was already in the general area as she is monitoring fishing activities in conjunction with the Air Corps Maritime Patrol Aircraft.

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Press Release Date: Wednesday 22nd February 2017

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