Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Ireland Probes Coast Guard Hoisting Mishap
Safety investigators in Ireland are looking into a Dec. 6 incident in which a 15-year-old girl slipped from a strap and fell back into stormy Irish Sea waters during a Coast Guard hoist rescue. The country’s Air Accident Investigation Unit said it was notified of the incident involving a Sikorsky Aircraft S-92 the next day and formally launched a probe Wednesday. It is asking any member of the public who has video or still images of the rescue off Hook Head, south of Waterford (where the helicopter is based), to contact investigators. According to press reports in Ireland, the helicopter was summoned to rescue the girl and a 15-year-old boy who had been swept off rocks at Hook Head. During the rescue, the girl reportedly fell 15 to 30 ft back into the sea. She is said to be hospitalized in critical condition. CHC is under contract to provide search and rescue services for the Irish Coast Guard.