Malin Coast Guard assist rescue of eight people after boat capsized


 March 19, 2017
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Rescue workers with the Malin Head Coast Guard were part of a major emergency operation off the Sligo coast this morning.

A large-scale rescue mission was launched to save the lives of eight divers whose boat overturned. All eight people have been saved, but two divers have required hospitalisation.

The distress call went out at 11.24am this morning and was picked up by the Malin Head Coast Guard. A joint force of RCC Malin, R118 and RNLI lifeboats from Bundoran and Sligo Bay all responded to the call.

By 12noon today, all men were saved. One diver, who is said to be in serious condition, had to be airlifted to Sligo hospital while the other was transported to hospital by ambulance.

The Rescue 118 helicopter had been continuing the search for members of the Rescue 116 crew who remain missing since the tragedy off Mayo on Tuesday. The funeral of pilot Captain Dara Fitzpatrick, aged 45, took place in Dublin yesterday.

The Rescue Coordination Team at MRSC Malin are continuing their efforts to locate Captain Mark Duffy and winchmen Paul Ormsby and Ciarán Smith.

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