Falmouth Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre received a request for medical assistance from the ship at 3.50pm, which was 370 nautical miles South West of the Isles of Scilly bound for the USA. A 45 year old crewman had fallen 10 metres into the hold and had sustained serious injuries. Following a connect call to Queen Alexandra Hospital Portsmouth, the duty doctor recommended evacuation.
At this time the ship was beyond the range of Search and Rescue helicopters. In conjunction with ARCC Kinloss it was decided that an RAF rescue helicopter would leave RMB Chivenor to refuel in Cork, Ireland and then fly 200 nautical miles to the South West of Ireland to rendezvous with the ship, which had been instructed to alter course to reduce the distance. The rendezvous is scheduled to take place at 0030 Saturday morning. Due to the distance involved a Nimrod Maritime patrol aircraft has also been sent to provide top cover.
The casualty will be flown to Ireland and transferred to Cork hospital.