Another successful operation for Charlie 253 earlier today. The - TopicsExpress


Another successful operation for Charlie 253 earlier today. The Air Corps CASA crew provided Search and Rescue (SAR) top-cover for the medical evacuation of an injured fisherman from a fishing vessel approx 230 miles North West of Sligo. The Maritime Patrol Aircraft was airborne from Casement Aerodrome at 5.30 am, in response to a request from the Coast Guard to provide assistance for the winching operation, and arrived overhead the vessel, near the uninhabited remote granite islet of Rockall, at 7 am ahead of the Rescue helicopter. The Air Corps crew used their maritime surveillance and communications equipment to assist the Coast Guard helicopter which arrived on-scene at 11.50 am and winched the casualty to safety. With severe weather warnings given for the North West Coast, todays operation was carried out in over 50 knots of wind and swells of over 20 feet. The CASA then assisted the Coast Guard heli’s route ashore and co-ordinated with Air Traffic control for a speedy transfer of the patient from Sligo airport to the nearest hospital. Well done all involved and we wish the patient a speedy recovery
Posted on: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 20:07:33 +0000

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