Rescue 115 airlifted two seriously injured crewmen from the Dutch super trawler ‘Zeeland’
The Shannon-based Irish Coast Guard helicopter, Rescue 115 was involved in a medevac from a Dutch super trawler 170 nautical miles west of Loop Head.
The Coast Guard helicopter crew was called in to airlift two seriously injured crewmen from the Netherlands registered 114 metre, 6,000 tonne ‘Zeeland’ SCH 123, which operates as a freezer factory trawler.
The alarm was raised late on Thursday night but Rescue 115 was prevented from being dispatched from the station at Shannon due to a Storm Force 8 gale and high seas which were reported at the time.
The decision was made to bring the Zeeland closer to the Shannon Estuary to allow the Coast Guard helicopter to approach as weather conditions approved.
At around 7.00am on Friday morning, as the trawler was approaching the mouth of the Shannon Estuary the Irish Coast Guard helicopter were readied for take-off so as to rendezvous with the vessel as it approached the Irish coast.
On reaching the scene south of Loop Head, Rescue 115’s winchman/paramedic was lowered onto the vessel’s deck. Both injured crewmen were assessed and treated before being placed in stretchers and winched on board the helicopter.
Rescue 115 spent almost 90 minutes hovering over the trawler before both casualties were taken on board with the crew departing the scene shortly after 9.00am to make their way to University Hospital Limerick.
The operation was mounted and managed by watch officers at the Irish Coast Guard’s marine rescue sub centre on Valentia Island in Kerry.
The ‘Zeeland’ left her home port of Vlissingen in the Netherlands on 02 February last and has been fishing off the Irish coast since.