The crew of the RNLI Arranmore Lifeboat were called out today at 3.30pm to assist a fisherman involved in an accident on board a 12 meter fishing boat from Greencastle. The accident happened 12 miles N.W off Tory island.
The Coast Guards at Malin Head also alerted the Coast Guard helicopter from Sligo to assist in the evacuation of the injured fisherman who is in his mid 40’s.
Coxswain of the Arranmore Lifeboat, Anton Kavanagh said that the transfer of the casualty went smoothly as the weather was good and the lifeboat had no problems manoeuvring alongside the fishing boat.
The casualty was transferred from his boat to the care of the lifeboat crew and taken to Burtonport where he was transferred to Letterkenny Hospital by ambulance.
This is the 4th time in 5 days that the lifeboat has been called out to render assistance. Two of the calls were medical evacuations from Arranmore who were transferred to Letterkenny Hospital by ambulance.
At the weekend the lifeboat was called to search for a missing swimmer off Portnoo, fortunately the swimmer was located by the Coast Guard helicopter and the lifeboat returned to Arranmore.