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Man airlifted from Russian ship off Cork coast after "sustaining burns" in engine room

The rescue happened today at about 5.45pm.

20/5/2015. The Irish Coast Guard helicopter in fli File Photo Sam Boal / Sam Boal / /

A MAN HAS been rescued from a Russian ship off the coast of Cork this evening after an incident in the ship’s engine room the coastguard has confirmed.

It is understood that the patient suffered burn related injuries in an engine room accident.

The Shannon based coastguard helicopter, Rescue 115, evacuated the injured crewman from the vessel, the 110-metre-long Armenak Babaev, approximately 150 miles west of Valentia, Co Kerry.

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It’s understood that the helicopter had to take on extra fuel at Kerry Airport due to the lengthy distance the ship was from shore when the incident occurred.

The captain of the ship was told to change direction for the coast in order to simplify the long-distance operation.

The injured man was airlifted at 5.45pm and was delivered to Cork Airport at about 7pm, from where he was taken to Cork University Hospital.

Top cover communications, which are required for long distance helicopter missions, were provided by an Air Corps Casa.

The operation was coordinated by the Coast Guard Rescue Coordination centre in Valentia, who received the request earlier today when the vessel was over 200 miles from the coast.

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