Spanish fisherman treated in hospital after taking ill on trawler off Cork coast
RNLI Castletownbere Lifeboat located boat in harsh conditions and took man (50s) ashore
The RNLI lifeboat escorted the trawler to Castletownbere Harbour. Photograph: iStock
The skipper of the Nuevo Perez, a 32m (104.9ft) Spanish registered trawler, had taken ill aboard the vessel some 30.5km (19 miles) southwest of Ardnakinna Lighthouse on Bere Island and his crew radioed for help.
They located the trawler battling challenging conditions with three to four metre swells and east-northeast winds gusting to Force 6 that made any on-scene transfer of the man difficult.
The RNLI Annette Hutton escorted the trawler to just inside the mouth of Castletownbere Harbour where the man, in his late 50s, was transferred to the lifeboat in calmer waters.
The lifeboat then took the man to RNLI Castletownbere Station where he was transferred to a waiting ambulance and brought to Bantry General Hospital for assessment and treatment.
Meanwhile, a local pilot went aboard and took command of the Neuvo Perez, which is based in Celeiro in Galicia, and berthed her safely at Castletownbere pier where she remains tied up.
Castletownbere RNLI Lifeboat deputy launching authority, Felix O’Donoghue, praised the RNLI crew on its rapid response, maintaining strict Covid-19 protocols and the safe transfer of the man.