|Posted on January 15, 2017 at 1:30 PM|
Arklow RNLI launched for the first time in 2017 in response to a call for assistance from a 17 metre Sailing vessel which was enroute from Scotland to Arklow.
It was reported that a member of the crew of 8 had sustained an injury to the head and his condition had deteriorated.
The dedicated volunteer crew consisting of Coxswain Ned Dillon, Aiden Downey, Craig O’Reilly, Jimmy Myler, Eddie McElheron, David Lee & Geoff Kearnes rushed to the lifeboat station, launched the ALB Ger Tigchelaar and proceeded to scene and after locating the casualty approximately 12 miles North East of Arklow.
In moderate seas and upon arrival on scene the casualty was transferred to Arklow Lifeboat and assessed and it was decided it would be best to transfer him to hospital immediately. The casualty was then airlifted from the lifeboat by an Irish Coast Guard helicopter and flown directly to hospital.
The sailing vessel continued on its passage to Arklow.
Speaking following the incident, Mark Corcoran, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer & Community Safety Officer said, “Thanks to the experience of the people on board, the decision was made to call for help, making this decision at the earliest possible time is the key to our volunteers making it to the casualty vessel or persons on time”