Thursday 21 January 2010

Howth Lifeboat Crew Rescues Injured Man from Harbour

Howth Lifeboat Crew Rescues Injured Man from Harbour 20:01:2010
Howth Inshore Lifeboat (ILB) came to the aid of a man who had fallen into Howth Harbour earlier this evening. The 37 year old fisherman, from Greencastle Co. Donegal, slipped into the water while crossing from the pier onto a trawler. He suffered injuries to the head during the fall and was unconscious in the water for approximately 5 minutes. The voluntary lifeboat crew assisted the fishing trawler’s crew in rescuing him from the water, and putting him safely back onto the pier.Several RNLI volunteers assisted in resuscitating the injured man who was still at risk of drowning from the amount of water he had swallowed. Further first aid was then administered as he was also suffering from the onset of hypothermia. The man was taken by ambulance to hospital. Howth ILB crewmember Dave Howard says:“The fisherman is very lucky to be alive, he sustained serious injuries and would have died had it not been for the quick intervention of both his fellow crew and the lifeboat volunteers”.
The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea. Please support RNLI SOS fundraising day on 29th January.