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Crew of stricken fishing vessel rescued in dramatic airlift operation off West Cork

Crew of stricken fishing vessel rescued in dramatic airlift operation off West Cork


Seven fishermen have been airlifted to security this night by the Irish Coast Guard after their stricken trawler started taking in water in heavy seas off West Cork.

The Wexford registered trawler, Ellie Adhamh was beneath tow by the LE George Bernard Shaw headed for Castletownbere when she started to soak up water rounding the Bull Rock off west Cork.

Sturdy south westerly winds of as much as 90kph and 6 metre swell have been buffeting the fishing vessel beneath tow and a call was taken round 5.30pm to airlift all seven crew members off the boat.

The Irish Coast Guard Marine Rescue Co-ordination Centre on Valentia Island tasked each Rescue 115 from Shannon and Rescue 117 from Waterford to evacuate the crew from the Ellie Adhamh.

Each choppers proceeded to the scene, roughly 60 kms south west of the Mizen and Rescue 117 airlifted all seven crew to security in a 15 minute operation simply earlier than 7pm this night.

Rescue 115 remained on standby throughout the operation as did the RNLI Lifeboat, Annette Hutton from Castletownbere and the LE George Bernard Shaw which saved a towline on the fishing vessel.

All seven crew of the Ellie Adhamh have been taken on to Cork Airport the place they have been met by HSE paramedics who examined them however all have been understood to be in good well being regardless of their ordeal.

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