A Belgian fisherman with a serious hand injury was airlifted to Ysbyty Gwynedd in Bangor on Sunday night, after a dramatic air-sea rescue by the Coastguard helicopter.

Just after 10pm on Sunday night, 17 February, HM Coastguard received a call from the Belgian fishing vessel, 28 nautical miles north of Holyhead, reporting that the fisherman had sustained a serious injury to his hand whilst hauling. HM Coastguard put them through to a doctor who recommended an airlift as soon as possible.

Flying through near gale force conditions with winds of up to 40 knots, the Caernarfon Coastguard helicopter arrived on scene just before 11pm and winched the fisherman onboard, flying him directly to Ysbyty Gwynedd.

The helicopter crew praised the quick-thinking actions of the fishing vessel crew who had provided first aid treatment to their crewman’s hand before they had arrived on scene, which was back up by paramedic care in the helicopter on the way to hospital.