On Sunday morning Arklow RNLI launched their lifeboat for the first time in 2017 to go to the aid of a wounded sailor. The crew launched the boat within minutes of receiving the call for assistance from a vessel which was sailing from Scotland to Arklow.
One of the eight crew members had sustained an injury to his head and his condition had deteriorated. The lifeboat crew quickly proceeded to the scene and located the vessel around 12 miles northeast of Arklow.
The casualty was transferred to the lifeboat where they decided it would be best to transfer him immediately to hospital. The Irish Coast Guard rescue helicopter was called and airlifted the injured sailor.
Speaking following the incident, Mark Corcoran, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer & Community Safety Officer said, “Thanks to the experience of the people on board, the decision was made to call for help, making this decision at the earliest possible time is the key to our volunteers making it to the casualty vessel or persons on time”