Crew injured after wave hits lifeboat

TWO members of a lifeboat crew were airlifted to hospital yesterday, having been injured when a freak wave struck their vessel.

The Courtmacsherry lifeboat was taking part in an intensive search of west Cork for a man who has been missing since the early hours of last Saturday week.

Edward Barry from Rosscarbery, a married father of one in his early 60s, has not been seen since his car was found on the pier at Rosscarbery more than a week ago. Yesterday, more than 200 searchers took part in the sea and land operation covering a huge stretch of shoreline from Dunowen Head to Mill Cove.

The search was co-ordinated by the Castlefreke Coastguard Station, assisted by an air-sea rescue helicopter from Waterford. West Cork coastguard personnel, Civil Defence, Red Cross, gardaí and volunteers took part. No trace of the missing man was found and the search was to resume at first light today.

Courtmacsherry lifeboat was searching Rosscarbery Bay yesterday afternoon in what were described as “reasonably fair conditions with a good swell”.

Two members of the crew, who were in safety harness, were knocked about by the force of the wave and received cuts and bruises, said a lifeboat spokesman. As a precaution the men were airlifted by helicopter to CUH. Neither was seriously injured.

Meanwhile, gardaí in Portlaoise continued their search at the weekend for 59-year-old plastering contractor Tommy Thompson, who has been missing since last April.

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