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Kilmore Quay RNLI assist injured fisherman on trawler 40 miles offshore

Lifeboats News Release

Kilmore Quay RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew were alerted at 1.43am this morning (Thursday 19 May) by Dublin Coast Guard to reports of an injured fisherman forty miles offshore.

The injured crewman was on board a 20-metre stern trawler fishing for prawns at the Smalls fishing grounds some 40-iles South-Southeast of Kilmore Quay. He had fallen and was in chronic pain suffering with a suspected dislocated shoulder.

The all-weather lifeboat departed a short time later with weather conditions described as 'good with a slight swell from the Southwest and clear visibility' enabling the lifeboat make 25 knots towards the causalty.

With the fishing vessel making seven knots towards the lifeboat they rendezvoused at 3:30am. The fair conditions made for a quick transfer of the injured crewman to the lifeboat and once on board the lifeboat he was made comfortable.

The journey back to Kilmore Quay took just under one and half hours where on return the injured man was handed over to paramedics from the National Ambulance Service at 5am and transferred to Wexford General Hospital for treatment to his injuries.         

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For more information please contact Aidan Bates Kilmore Quay RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer Tel: 0863348336 or Niamh Stephenson RNLI Public Relations Manager Tel: 087 1254 124 / 01 8900 460 email Niamh_Stephenson@rnli.org or Nuala McAloon RNLI Press Officer Tel: 087 6483547 Nuala_McAloon@rnli.org

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