The Maersk Tanker Clarisa, en route from Milford Haven to New York, diverted course to rendezvous with the all weather lifeboat Alan Massey, South of Cape Clear Island early this evening. A 20 year old male crewman was in urgent need of medical assistance following an accident on board. Coxwain Kieran Cotter manouevred the Tamar class lifeboat alongside the 29,000 tonne oil tanker while it was still moving to transfer the injured seaman to safety. The lifeboat which is capable of speeds of up to 25 knots returned to Baltimore Pier where medical attention was offered to the seaman.
On board the lifeboat were Coxswain Kieran Cotter, Mechanic Cathal Cottrell, Pat Collins, Ger Sheehy, Diarmuid Collins, John O’Flynn and Brendan Cottrell.