Challenging conditions as crewman rescued by helicopter 180km off Mayo

first_img Image: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland 9,379 Views Mar 8th 2017, 9:37 AM A CREWMEMBER ABOARD a Russian fishing vessel was airlifted to hospital early this morning after suffering a sudden illness.Coast Guard helicopter R118 made the medical evacuation at 4.30am from the vessel around 180 miles north-west of Erris Head, Co Mayo.The crewman, who is described as needing “urgent medical attention”, was transferred to Sligo University Hospital where he was admitted shortly before 6am.Because of the distance involved, communication support known as Top Cover, was provided by a second Coast Guard helicopter, the Dublin based R116.Both helicopters refuelled at Blacksod prior to transiting to the scene, and early morning conditions were described as challenging.Read: Woman and two children dead following apartment fire in west DublinRead: One tourist dead after avalanche at French resort – reports ‘Challenging conditions’ as crewman rescued by helicopter 180km off Mayo The Russian crewman was described as needing ‘urgent medical attention’. 7 Comments Share4 Tweet Email Wednesday 8 Mar 2017, 9:37 AM Short URL By Gráinne Ní Aodha Image: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img