Castletownbere RNLI launched this afternoon (Saturday, June 5, 2021) and conducted a joint rescue with Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 115 of a sick woman aboard a local fishing boat off the coast West Cork.
The Castletownbere RNLI lifeboat was loaded over Coast Guard radio Valentia at 1:42 pm with a report of a 25-foot boat near Dursey Sound with a woman on board who had fallen ill and was “unresponsive”. The Shannon-based Coast Guard Rescue 115 helicopter was also dispatched to the scene.
The lifeboat was launched within minutes under the command of coxswain Dean Hegarty with mechanic David O’Donovan and crew Joe Cronin, John Paul Downey, Aaron O’Boyle, Kyle Cronin and Donagh Murphy.
The lifeboat located the victim near Blackball Head and two volunteers from the lifeboat crew board the ship. A first aid assessment was initiated and oxygen was administered and the victim became receptive. The woman was then transferred to the lifeboat. The helicopter winch was lowered onto the lifeboat deck and the victim was airlifted to the helicopter at 3:05 p.m. and then taken to Kerry General Hospital.
Commenting on the call, Castletownbere RNLI Director of Rescue Operations Paul Stevens praised the coxswain and crew for their quick response, high level of teamwork and said the rescue was a “great example of joint collaboration between the RNLI and the Coast Guard “.