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Busy week for emergency services

Wednesday, 9th May, 2018 4:28pm

It was a busy few days for the emergency services around Cork waters.

A diver was airlifted from the Union Hall area to a hospital in Armagh this week after suffering from decompression sickness, commonly known as 'the bends'.

The Irish Coast Guard told the Cork Independent that it was notified at 1.05pm on Tuesday that a diver had suspected decompression sickness.

The Coast Guard helicopter left the scene at 2.30pm with the diver and paramedics and headed for a specialist hyperbaric chamber at Galway University Hospital. However there was no chamber available and the helicopter travelled to Craigavon Hospital in Northern Ireland where there was a one available to use.

Meanwhile on Monday evening, Baltimore RNLI carried out a medical evacuation from Sherkin Island.

The volunteer lifeboat crew launched its all-weather lifeboat following a request from the Irish Coast Guard just after 7.30pm to provide medical assistance and evacuation for a man.

The volunteer lifeboat crew arrived at 7.40pm and provided casualty care before transferring him to the all-weather lifeboat.

The lifeboat returned to Baltimore lifeboat station arriving just after 8.20pm and handed care over to the HSE ambulance crew at 8.30pm. Weather conditions were good at the time with a south-westerly force two-three wind and calm sea conditions within the harbour.

The crew onboard the lifeboat were Coxswain Kieran Cotter, Mechanic Cathal Cottrell and crew members Pat Collins, Aidan Bushe, Jerry Smith, Eoin Ryan, Don O’Donovan and Ronnie Carty.

Also on Monday,Castletownbere RNLI lifeboat attended to a fishing boat which caught fire and had to be abondoned south of Derrynane in Kerry.

Castletownbere's lifeboat was tasked by Valentia Coastguard Radio just before 12.30pm to go to the assistance of a Castletownbere fishing boat which caught fire and started taking water. The two people on board eventually took to their liferaft.

Two local boats ‘Orchid’ and ‘Stephanie’ stood by to offer assistance.

The lifeboat, under the command of Coxswain Dan Noonan, was launched on service within minutes and arrived onscene in just over an hour. Other rescue services who attended the emergency included Shannon-based Rescue Helicopter 115, Derrynane Inshore Rescue Boat and Ballinskelligs lnshore Rescue.

The two rescued fishermen were uninjured.

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