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Coast Guard called to evacuate man with chest pains from container ship

A team at the Valentia Coast guard is co-ordinating.

Updated 3.50pm

20/5/2015. The Irish Coast Guard helicopter in fli Source: Sam Boal

A CREWMAN ABOARD a container ship about 100 miles off the coast of Ireland was taken ill this morning and required a medical evacuation.

Two of Ireland’s Coast Guard helicopters were tasked in the long-range mission to the MV Atlantic Cartier this morning to remove the man from the ship as he was suffering from chest pains.

14_12_06, HH_108 Source: rainer.n.foto

The Waterford-based aircraft reached the ship, located about 100 miles from Fastnet Rock, with the helicopter from Shannon providing top cover.

Capture Source: Vessel Finder

The Coast Guard team in Valentia, which was co-ordinating the rescue, said the man was taken to Cork Airport at 12.20pm and handed over to an ambulance crew.

Met Éireann has issued a red warning for parts of the west of the island today but the southwest is not expected to be hit that badly today.

Read: Batten down the hatches: Met Éireann issues highest level of weather warning

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