Sailor in­jured by boom

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS -

A SAILOR sus­tained head in­juries when he was struck by a boom while sail­ing in Wick­low Bay on Sun­day.

Ini­tially, it was feared that his in­juries were se­ri­ous and that he would re­quire a med­i­cal evac­u­a­tion.

The yacht the in­jured sailor was aboard came into Wick­low Har­bour, moored at the east pier and was met by first re­spon­ders and a HSE para­medic, who boarded the ves­sel to treat the ca­su­alty.

The in­shore lifeboat crew was alerted by pager just af­ter 3.10 p.m. and re­quested to launch in case the sailor needed to be evac­u­ated from the yacht to a more suit­able lo­ca­tion, where he could be trans­ferred to an am­bu­lance.

As the lifeboat – with Helm Alan Goucher and crew mem­bers Terry and Paul Sillery – was about to launch, Lifeboat Op­er­a­tions Man­ager Des Davitt was in­formed that the ca­su­alty was as­sisted onto the pier af­ter be­ing treated by paramedics and no fur­ther as­sis­tance was re­quired. Thank­fully, the man’s in­juries were not as se­ri­ous as at first feared.

The lifeboat crew was stood down and re­turned to the sta­tion.

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