Crewman from Russian fishing vessel airlifted to Sligo hospital

The operation took place in the early hours of this morning

Crewman from Russian fishing vessel airlifted to Sligo hospital

File photo. Photo: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie

A Russian crewman requiring urgent medical attention has been airlifted to hospital in Sligo.

The early morning medical evacuation took place from a Russian fishing vessel, around 180 miles north-west of Erris Head in Co Mayo.

The crew member was airlifted by a Sligo-based Coast Guard helicopter at 4.30am, in an operation overseen by the Coast Guard Rescue Coordination Centre in Malin Head.

A second Dublin-based helicopter provided communication support due to the distance involved.

The crewman was admitted to Sligo University Hospital shortly before 6am.