Press Notice No: 061_06
Tuesday, March 14, 2006
Posted 14:58 GMT
CLYDE COASTGUARD CO-ORDINATE MEDICAL EVACUATION 300 MILES OUT TO SEA
At just after ten thirty this morning, Clyde Coastguard were contacted by Falmouth Coastguard who had received a call from the 120 metre Russian Trawler Admiral Starikov, requesting the medical evacuation of a twenty year old Russian male crew member suffering from a confirmed case of appendicitis.Clyde Coastguard immediately tasked Valley RAF helicopter. The Admiral Starikov is currently 300 miles out to sea, west of Blacksod Head and is steaming east to reduce the range for the helicopter, which is on route to re-fuel once in Blacksod, Ireland.
The weather conditions are good, the male crew member will be transferred to Sligo hospital where he will receive the medical treatment he requires.
John Griffiths, District Officer, Clyde Coastguard said:
By working closely with the RAF and keeping in direct radio contact with the vessel we were able to co-ordinate this evacuation seamlessly even though the vessel is such a long way out to sea.
Posted By: Sophie Hirsh
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