Updated: 10/05/17 : 05:43:13
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Royal Navy submariner airlifted by chopper to Sligo

SLIGO COASTGUARD played a key role in the hospital airlift of an injured British submarine sailor yesterday, Tuesday.

The man with fracture injuries to both legs was taken to Sligo University Hospital after the medical evacuation (medevac) off the Irish coast.

The UK Coastguard and Maritime Agency (UKMCA) requested assistance from the Coast Guard early yesterday morning.

The injured sailor was aboard a British Royal Navy submarine in the Atlantic Ocean approximately 55 miles off the Galway coast.

The Strandhill based Sikorsky chopper Rescue 118, was tasked to the scene at around 9.20am yesterday.

Top cover was provided by another Coast Guard chopper -- Rescue 115, which is located at Shannon Airport.

Security Reasons

A Royal Navy spokeswoman said: “We can confirm that a crew member from a Royal Navy submarine was today airlifted to hospital by the Irish Coastguard. 

''Arrangements were made for the airlift through the UK Coastguard in accordance with standard procedures.”

Added the Royal Navy: “It would be inappropriate to comment further; for security reasons we do not discuss submarine operations.

''Any questions relating to the casualty would be medical in confidence,” said the spokeswoman.