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To the rescue Woman airlifted to safety after West Cork coast boating drama

The Shannon-based Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 115 was also sent to the scene

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The woman was airlifted to safety

The woman was airlifted to safety

The woman was airlifted to safety

A woman has been airlifted to safety after she fell ill on board a local angling boat off the West Cork Coast this afternoon. 

Rescue services rushed to the scene after the alarm was raised that the woman was “unresponsive”.

Castletownbere RNLI lifeboat was alerted by Valentia Coastguard Radio at 1.42pm with a report of a 25 foot boat near the Dursey Sound.

The Shannon-based Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 115 was also sent to the scene.

The lifeboat was launched within minutes under the command of Coxswain Dean Hegarty with mechanic David O’Donovan and crew Joe Cronin, John Paul Downey, Aaron O’Boyle, Kyle Cronin and Donagh Murphy.

The lifeboat located the casualty near Blackball Head and two lifeboat crew volunteers board the vessel.

A first aid assessment was undertaken and oxygen was administered and the casualty became responsive.

The woman was then transferred to the lifeboat. The helicopter winchman was lowered to the deck of the lifeboat and the casualty was airlifted to the helicopter at 3pm and was then taken to Kerry General Hospital.

Castletownbere RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager Paul Stevens complimented the coxswain and crew on its rapid response and the high level of teamwork.

He said the rescue was an “excellent example of joint collaboration between the RNLI and the Coast Guard”.

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