August 12, 2020

Waterford-based Rescue 117 involved in rescue of Norwegian sailor 150 miles off Fashnet rock

Waterford-based Rescue 117 was involved in a long-range airlifting of a sailor from a Norwegian naval vessel to Cork yesterday.

The injured party was ultimately transported aboard the the Shannon-based Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 115 from the Thor Heyerdhal, which was approx 150 nautical miles south west of the Fastnet.

The sailor was flown to Cork Airport and then brought to Cork University Hospital by ambulance for treatment after he was was injured on the vessel earlier yesterday afternoon.

The Fridtjof Nansen-class frigate is part of the Royal Norwegian Navy and both Rescue 117 and Rescue 115 were scrambled before refuelling in Castletownbere around 2pm before Rescue 115 set course for the naval vessel.

It is believed that Rescue 117 provided ‘top cover’ for the mission, flying at high altitude and maintaining a communications link between Rescue 115 and Valentia Coastguard which coordinated the mission.

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