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Arklow RNLI launch to assist wounded sailor

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Arklow RNLI launch to assist wounded sailor
Arklow RNLI volunteers were alerted by pager at approximately 1.25pm on Sunday 15 January 2017. n the first launch of 2017 RNLB Ger Tigchelaar was at sea within minutes in response to a call for assistance from a 17m sailing vessel which was enroute from Scotland to Arklow. It was reported that a member of the crew of eight had sustained an injury to the head and his condition had deteriorated. The lifeboat crew consisting of Coxswain Ned Dillon, Aiden Downey, Craig O?Reilly, Jimmy Myler, Eddie McElheron, David Lee and Geoff Kearnes launched Ger Tigchleaar into moderate seas and proceeded to the scene and located the sailing vessel approximately 12 miles north east of Arklow. On scene the casualty was transferred to Arklow RNLI's all-weather lifeboat and assessed by the crew where it was decided it would be best to transfer him to hospital immediately. The casualty was airlifted from the lifeboat by an Irish Coast Guard helicopter and flown directly to hospital. The sailing vessel continued on its passage to Arklow. Photo: Tommy Dover
Posted on May 21, 2017 Slideshow