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Irish sea

Man airlifted to hospital after medical emergency aboard cargo vessel

The man was diagnosed with suspected sepsis over the radio by doctors in Cork using the ‘Medico’ maritime assistance system.

A CREWMEMBER FROM a cargo ship is recovering today after being winched from the vessel last night in the Irish Sea and airlifted for medical treatment to Waterford Regional Hospital.

A medical emergency call came into the Irish Coast Guard’s Coordination Centre in Dublin from the vessel at around 10pm last night, and the commander of the ship was immediately put through to the ‘Medico’ service at Cork University Hospital, which provides medical support and information for vessels at sea.

The medical advice was that the man seemed to be suffering from sepsis – a potentially deadly condition caused by severe infection.

The Waterford-based Rescue 117 Coast Guard helicopter was dispatched to the vessel, and the patient – a 43-year-old man – was winched on board, a spokesperson for the service told

He was taken to Waterford Airport, and then transported by road to hospital.

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