Rowers rescued off Mizen Head on transatlantic challenge

July 21st, 2017 3:56 PM

By Siobhan Cronin

Rescue 117 completed the transfer of the casualties

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THE Waterford-based Coast Guard rescue helicopter R117 has this afternoon located and recovered two casualties who were attempting to complete a transatlantic rowing challenge, from Canada.

The duo were taken from an overturned recreational vessel approximately 165 miles west south-west of Mizen Head.  

The incident was co-ordinated by the Coast Guard rescue co-ordination centre in Valentia. 

The alarm was raised by the activation of an EPIRB (emergency position indicating radio beacon). 

The two casualties were successfully airlifted on board Rescue 117 earlier this afternoon and are being transferred to Tralee Hospital.

 Speaking about the rescue Coast Guard's SAR manager Gerard O'Flynn said it highlighted that if you can raise the alarm and stay afloat then you stand a very good chance of being rescued. ‘I also want to compliment the helicopter crew and Valentia on a very successful operation and thank the Air Corps for their support.”

 It is believed the casualties had been trying to row across the Atlantic and had recently left Canada.

 The Air Corp's CASA C253 provided ‘top cover'.


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