Coast Guard airlift injured fisherman in three-hour mission off west coast of Ireland

The Coast Guard have rescued an injured fisherman from a fishing trawler nearly 300 kilometres off the west coast.

Coast Guard airlift injured fisherman in three-hour mission off west coast of Ireland

The Coast Guard have rescued an injured fisherman from a fishing trawler nearly 300 kilometres off the west coast.

The Shannon based Irish Coast Guard helicopter, Rescue 115, started a three-hour mission just before 9am in "challenging" conditions with winds of more than 30 Knots or 56 km/h.

The injured fisherman is being airlifted to the helicopter base at Shannon from the trawler around 160 nautical miles (296 kilometres) west of Loop Head in Co Clare.

An ambulance is on stand-by to transfer him to University Hospital Limerick.

The operation was coordinated by watch officers at the Irish Coast Guard marine rescue sub centre on Valentia Island in Kerry after they were alerted by the fishing vessel.

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