Valentia RNLI volunteers launched their all-weather lifeboat this morning to assist a fisherman who required medical attention.
At 07.25 am the Valentia Coast Guard requested Valentia RNLI all-weather lifeboat to launch to an ill fisherman onboard a 22m fishing vessel, west of Dingle Harbour. The illness was non-Covid-19 related. The vessel with six people on board required medical assistance for one of their crew members.
At the location, there was a four to five-foot swell with a force two easterly wind. Taking into consideration the condition of the fisherman, the current tide and draught of the fishing vessel. Our Coxswain decided the best and safest option was to escort the fishing vessel to Dingle Harbour. The fisherman was then taken to University Hospital Kerry for medical attention by the National Ambulance Service.
Speaking following the call out, Valentia RNLI Coxswain Richard Quigley said: The fishing vessel made the right decision in calling for help to ensure the ill fisherman received the proper medical treatment.