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Man airlifted from yacht following coast guard rescue

Mine Head coast guard received a call from the lone sailor at approximately 3.30am. The Ballycotton RNLI lifeboat was tasked with the rescue.

A MAN HAS been airlifted to Waterford Regional Hospital after getting into difficulty when travelling from the UK.

The lone sailor had radioed Mine Head coast guard at 3.30am this morning, requesting assistance. The RNLI lifeboat, based at Ballycotton, Co Cork, was launched at 3.45am, reaching the 6.5 metre vessel at approximately 5.25am this morning.

The man was removed from the yacht, which was approximately 38 miles east south east of Ballycotton.

Having transferred the man to the lifeboat, it was decided to have the casualty airlifted and the Waterford based coast guard helicopter, Rescue 117, was requested to launch.

The transfer took place at 6.50am, approximately 25 miles off Ballycotton, at which point the casualty was air lifted to Waterford airport where an ambulance has been requested for 7.30am.

The man has now been taken to Waterford Regional Hospital.

Read: Over 1,000 people rescued by RNLI lifeboats last year >

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