The Shannon based Coast Guard helicopter, R115, has today (Friday) evacuated an injured crewman from a Russian vessel, the Armenak Babaev (110metres in length), approximately 150 miles West of Valentia, Co. Kerry. The injured man was airlifted at 17.45hrs and is on route to Cork Airport, ETA shortly before 19.00hrs, for onward transfer to Cork University Hospital for medical attention.
Top Cover communications, which is required for long distance helicopter communications, is being provided by an Air Corps Casa.
Thursday 31 December 2015
The Coast Guard has seen a record response for 2015, with it being particularly relevant to both the Shannon and Sligo SAR helicopters who both flew over 330 missions each. In total all four helicopter bases completed over 1000 missions for the first time since the helicopter service started in 1991.
The Coast Guard attributes the small rise in the number of incidents to:
1. Increased tourism during the Summer