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Man rescued by coast guard after breaking his arm on boat

The first rescue attempt was unsuccessful.

File photo
File photo

A FISHERMAN HAS been rescued by the coast guard after falling while on board a boat.

The Irish Coast Guard was notified that the man, a 54-year-old from Lithuania, was injured at 8.20pm on Tuesday. At this point, the fishing boat which he was on was about 115 miles west of Slea Head in county Kerry.

A crew from Shannon Coast Guard failed to rescue the man that night due to darkness. They successfully airlifted him from the Maggie C at 8am on Wednesday morning, when the boat was 58 miles from the coastline.

An ambulance was waiting and brought him to University Hospital Limerick. The remaining crew of five men were uninjured.

A spokesperson for Valentia Coast Guard said they were notified of another injured fisherman at 4.20am today. He’s a 26-year-old Irish male who dislocated his shoulder aboard the Rachel Jay.

The vessel will reach Baltimore, West Cork at about 10pm, where an ambulance will be waiting to bring the man to hospital.

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