Tuesday 22 November 2016
The Shannon based Coast Guard helicopter has completed the evacuation of a crewman from an Irish fishing vessel located 160 miles West of Loop Head, Co Clare. The injured man has been taken on-board the Coast Guard helicopter, R115 and will be transferred to University Hospital Limerick where is due to arrive at midday. The operation was coordinated by the Coast Guard Marine Rescue Centre in Valentia who were initially alerted by the fishing vessel, via HF (hi frequency long range) radio.
Thursday 06 October 2016
Successful long-range Operation by Coast Guard Helicopter
The Sligo based Coast Guard helicopter, R118, has completed the medical evacuation of an injured crewman from a large tanker some 350 KM off Eagle Island Co Mayo. The overnight operation was jointly coordinated with the UK Coastguard who had initially been alerted by the tanker which was on a trans-Atlantic voyage to the Orkney islands. Weather conditions on scene were described as reasonable with North Westerly winds of up to 40 KM per hour.
It was with extreme sadness that I learned of the tragedy which occurred this afternoon in the waters off Kilkee, Co Clare.
Caitriona was a member of that extraordinary group of men and women who dedicate their skills, time and passion so that others may be safe on our coastlines.
This is an appalling tragedy; the loss of a brave and valiant woman engaged in the most heroic of and unselfish of duties.
The Irish Coast Guard (IRCG) regrets to announce that a volunteer member of the Doolin Coast Guard unit lost her life today when participating in a search off Kilkee for a missing person which was being conducted by the local KIlkee and Doolin volunteer Coast Guard units. The deceased person was named as Caitriona Lucas. Her husband Bernard is also a member of the Doolin unit.