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Naval Service Crewman Thanks Spanish Coastguard For Lifesaving Rescue

22nd July 2017
Ordinary Seaman Craig Clear is winched to an overhead helicopter from the deck of the LÉ William Butler Yeats Ordinary Seaman Craig Clear is winched to an overhead helicopter from the deck of the LÉ William Butler Yeats Photo: Salvamento Maritimo/Facebook

#Navy - A Naval Service seaman has expressed his gratitude to the Spanish coastguard for saving his life, after he fell ill while on humanitarian duty in the Mediterranean.

According to the Irish Examiner, Craig Clear was airlifted to Almeira from the deck of the LÉ William Butler Yeats on Tuesday (18 July) after suffering a collapsed lung and severed arteries.

But after two successful surgeries, the Co Laois man is in recovery — and on Wednesday he took to social media to share his gratitude to the helicopter rescue team from the Salvamento Maritimo.

The LÉ William Butler Yeats arrived in the Mediterranean on Monday (17 July) to take over from the returning LÉ Eithne, which is due in Cork Harbour today, as previously reported on Afloat.ie.

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