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Plucked to safety from his vessel

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: January 08, 2014

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A FISHERMAN was airlifted to hospital from a vessel just off the coast of Fowey during stormy conditions on Monday afternoon.

At 4pm a Navy helicopter from RNAS Culdrose near Helston was scrambled to a French fishing vessel called Mor Breiz a few miles off the coast.

"We had reports of a 35-year-old male who was suffering from severe abdominal pain," said Lieutenant-Commander Andy Watts from RNAS Culdrose.

"We were tasked through the Aeronautical Rescue Coordination Centre and worked with Falmouth coastguard to locate the vessel just south of Fowey."

Once the ship was located a paramedic was winched down to the vessel.

"It was fairly windy conditions," said Mr Watts. "We had a paramedic onboard. He was winched down to assess the casualty first. Then we recovered both him and the winch man."

The French casualty, who did not speak any English, was flown to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth for treatment.

"The fishermen were all French speakers which made it a bit difficult," Mr Watts said. We had to get the translation book out to explain what we wanted to do but it's something we are used to."

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