Crosshaven RNLI rescues injured sailor after falling overboard

Lifeboats News Release

Crosshaven RNLI lifeboat crew responded to a request from Valentia Coast Guard this evening (Tuesday 16 August) to a person seen holding onto the side of a moored boat in the channel at East Ferry.

The Crosshaven volunteer lifeboat crew happened to be near Roches Point on exercise when the emergency call came through and immediately made best speed to the area arriving some 15 minutes later at 8.45pm. The crew located the casualty and recovered him to the lifeboat.

It appears the sailor had the mishap while transferring to a punt.  The other person required no assistance.

With obvious signs of hypothermia and limb injuries after spending 20 to 25 minutes in the water, the lifeboat crew administered First Aid and headed for Cobh and a rendevous with the Emergency Ambulance. The casualty was handed into the care of the paramedics before returning to station at 9.50pm. The lifeboat was washed and refuelled and declared ready for service at 10.45pm.

Crosshaven RNLI wish the gentleman a speedy recovery.


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For information contact Jon Mathers Crosshaven RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer Tel: 086 2588714

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