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Man rescued off Cork coast after falling overboard from US ship

The US Coast Guard vessel USCGC Eagle was operating in Irish waters this morning.

EAGLE_under_full_sail_in_2013 US Coast Guard ship The Eagle Source: Wikimedia Commons

A MAN HAS been rescued from the sea off the Cork coast after falling from a US Coast Guard vessel early this morning.

The American vessel, a training ship named the USCGC Eagle, had been operating five miles off the south-west coast, when it contacted Valentia Coast Guard with a ‘man overboard’ emergency signal at about 9.30am.

Services including the Crosshaven lifeboat and Waterford Coast Guard’s helicopter were immediately actioned, but stood down almost as quickly when the Eagle had rescued the man.

crosshaven Source: Facebook

“Our own services were only operational for about two minutes,” a Coast Guard spokesman said.

The casualty, understood to be a young male, has been reported as being stable and ok per the Eagle’s own onboard medics.

The Eagle, a training cutter first launched in the 1930s, is in the area in order to pay a courtesy visit to Ireland.

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