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Sunday 29 January 2023 Dublin: 10°C
# Rescue
VIDEO: Irish fisherman saved from waters off Alaska
The US Coast Guard hoists a 35-year-old Cork man to safety after he fell into icy waters without a survival suit.

(YouTube: Admin HG)

A CORK NATIVE is recovering from an incident last week in which he fell overboard from a fishing vessel in icy waters off Alaska – while not wearing a survival suit to keep up his temperature.

The man, named by the Irish Examiner as 35-year-old James McCarthy from Co Cork, was fishing on the FV Stella when he fell overboard in the treacherous waters of the Shelikof Strait.

He was in the waters – with a temperature of just 3.1°C – for almost half an hour before being hauled out.

Statistically, someone exposed to waters of that temperature would usually not recover from exposure longer than 15 minutes.