The rescue operation was complicated by the collapsed rigging hanging over the side of the boat



A

sailor with suspected spinal injuries was rescued from a dismasted yacht in Dublin Bay.

The incident occurred shortly after 11am yesterday when the

33-foot yacht was taking part in a regular Sunday morning race on Dublin

Bay.

The mast snapped in the breezy conditions and hit the crew-member

leading to concerns for a possible spinal injury.

The Marine

Rescue Co-Ordination Centre (MRCC) in Dublin was alerted and the RNLI

lifeboat at Dun Laoghaire was requested to launch along with the Irish

Coast Guard helicopter at Dublin Airport at 1108am.

The disabled yacht

was located midway between the West Pier and the South Bull Wall.

The

operation was complicated by the collapsed rigging hanging over the

side of the boat that prevented the crew from using the engine. Lifeboat crew were able to board the vessel to deliver first aid

treatment and the winchman paramedic from the helicopter was transferred

on board to assess the casualty.

To minimise movement and

prevent a worsening of the suspected injury, it was decided that the

yacht would be taken in tow by the lifeboat to shore where a waiting

ambulance transferred the casualty to hospital for full assessment and

treatment.

The yacht was towed to a yacht club in Dun Laoghaire where

the Dun Laoghaire Coast Guard unit winched the casualty to the waiting

ambulance.

Picture: Dun Laoghaire RNLI. Credit: RNLI/Dun Laoghaire