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Flares help save lives of two fishermen

Rescue copter 118

Flares have helped save lives of two fishermen after their catamaran capsized off the Mayo coast in Ireland.

However, sadly, one of their colleagues died following the March incident, 25 kilometres off Eagle Island, in County Mayo.

The men were on board the Aisling Patrick, which was part of a crab fishing fleet, reports the Irish Times.

The Malin Head Rescue Co-ordination Centre picked up a mayday from boat, giving partial coordinates. Ballyglass RNLI, the Sligo Rescue 118 helicopter and The Air Corps Casa maritime patrol aircraft were asked to help with the search.

The helicopter crew spotted the men on board a liferaft after they fired flares and they were rescued and transferred to University Hospital Sligo.

A man in his 50s was later pronounced dead at the hospital while the two other men, both in their 20s, suffered minor injuries and hypothermia.

A garda spokesperson said, “One of the three men rescued at sea off the coast of Mayo earlier today has been pronounced dead at University Hospital Sligo. The man was aged in his 50s. The other men, both in their 20s, are recovering in hospital.”

The image is courtesy of the Rescue 188  Facebook page.

Apr 24, 2018