Minister Ring welcomes €35m Coast Guard helicopter

Minister Michael Ring.
Minister of State for Tourism & Sport Michael Ring has welcomed the official launch of the new Coast Guard Helicopter in Sligo this morning (July 25).

Minister of State for Tourism & Sport Michael Ring has welcomed the official launch of the new Coast Guard Helicopter in Sligo this morning (July 25).

Speaking at the launch, Minister Ring commended the work of the staff and volunteers of the Irish Coast Guard.

“Their efforts greatly reduce the loss of lives every day and this new state-of-the-art helicopter will only help to improve their search and rescue operations,” he said.

Since it started operation, the new aircraft has significantly enhanced the service available. It makes possible inter-hospital transfers, donor organ recipient transfers, and specialist medical teams can now be transported.

It has a large multi role cabin and rear access ramp which can accommodate stretchers, hospital trolleys, incubators, equipment and personnel.

The Sikorsky S92 can transfer specialised Ambulance Response and Mountain Rescue teams to an incident anywhere in the country at very little notice. Also, the area of operation in the Irish EEZ (Economic Exclusion Zone) will be expanded to nearly 300 miles offshore and with its satellite communications, long range and discreet communications suite casualty information can be transmitted to the receiving hospital.