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Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross T.D. expressed deep concern at the news this morning that there has been an incident involving a Search and Rescue Helicopter off the west coast of Ireland.
Minister Ross said; “As the search for the Dublin based helicopter R116 is currently underway I would like to express my sincere support and sympathies for all those involved, particularly those family members who are awaiting news of their loved ones.
Wednesday 8 March 2017
The Sligo based Coast Guard helicopter R118 completed an early morning medical evacuation (medevac) of a crewman requiring urgent medical attention from a Russian fishing vessel some 180 miles North West of Erris Head Co. Mayo.
The operation was coordinated by the Coast Guard Rescue Coordination Centre in Malin Head. Owing to the distance involved communication support, known as Top Cover, was provided by a second Coast Guard helicopter, the Dublin based R116. Both helicopters refuelled at Blacksod prior to transiting to the scene.
Thursday 9 February 2017
A lone yachtsman was airlifted off the south coast this evening by the Waterford based Coast Guard helicopter, R117. The alarm was raised when the Coast Guard detected the transmission of a PLB (personal locator beacon) and immediately tasked a helicopter to carry out a search. In difficult weather conditions a RIB crew from the LE James succeeded in getting the yachtsman off his vessel before facilitating his transfer to the Coast Guard helicopter. The casualty was subsequently airlifted to Cork.
Monday 30 January 2017
Five crew members have been rescued from a fishing vessel that got into difficulties off Balbriggan shortly after 5.15 this morning. The Dublin based Coast Guard helicopter, RNLI units from Skerries, Howth and Clogherhead and Skerries Coast Guard unit all participated in an operation coordinated by the Coast Guard Marine Rescue Coordination Centre in Dublin.
Despite efforts to avert onboard flooding, using pumps supplied by the Coast Guard and RNLI the vessel sunk shortly after 8 am.
Monday 16 January 2017
Coast Guard Helicopters complete off shore medical evacuations
In an en eventful early morning, Coast Guard helicopters conducted off shore operations to evacuate fishermen from two different vessels.