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The Irish Independent has more on the airlift, saying the seaman on a Liberian registered merchant ship has sustained chest injuries.
The Irish Mirror is reporting the incident on the Africa Star as a 'stabbing' but no specifics are known at this time.
The Sligo coastguard helicopter Rescue 118 reached the vessel in international waters some 220 miles off Donegal Bay just after 7am this morning to winch the casualty on board and airlift him to the mainland for treatment.
As Newstalk reports, Thomas Reilly of Dublin's North Strand was convicted by a jury in January after the court heard he had lured British visitor Colin Ryder to the water's edge at Howth's West Pier before pushing him into the water.
Ryder sank under a boat moored at the pier-side but was rescued after nearby youths threw him a rope to drag him to safety.
The sentencing comes in what was a second trial over the incident for Reilly, who has 68 previous convictions, after a jury failed to agree a verdict in May last year.
Newstalk has much more on the story HERE.