A fisherman from Cornwall was airlifted to hospital yesterday afternoon (February 4th) after needing urgent medical help on board a fishing boat, 40 miles south of Newlyn.
The Search and Rescue Helicopter from Newquay was sent just after 3pm to assist the man who had suffered a leg injury on a Newlyn Gill Netter.
Once it located the vessel, the helicopter struggled to lift the casualty due to poor weather conditions.
It called the RNLI for assistance.
The all-weather lifeboat 'Ivan Ellen' was launched from Penlee Lifeboat Station in Newlyn just before 5pm.
An hour later the helicopter crew decided to try again, this time they succeeded.
They lifted the fisherman and transferred him to the Royal Cornwall Hospital at Treliske.
The ‘Ivan Ellen’ was stood down and returned to the Penlee station at 7.30pm.
The man was then transferred to Derriford hospital in Plymouth for further treatment where he now remains.