Coastguard helicopter battles terrible conditions to rescue injured fisherman

Watch the heart-stopping moment HM Coastguard Newquay helicopter battles terrible conditions, with winds reaching up to 40 knots and very rough seas, to rescue an injured fisherman in the early hours of Sunday morning, 78nm North West of the Isles of Scilly.

The fisherman had sustained a serious injury to his hand in the very rough sea conditions and his crew had quickly called the Coastguard asking for help just before 4am on Sunday 18 November.

Flying through gale force conditions, the Newquay Coastguard helicopter arrived on scene around 5.30am and winched the fisherman onboard, flying him directly to Derriford Hospital.

The helicopter crew - Capt Yogi Brunner, Co-Pilot Debdash Bhattacharya, Winch Operator Mark Stevens and Winchman Mark Hughes - praised the quick-thinking actions of the fishing vessel crew who had treated and bandaged their mate's hand before they had arrived on scene. We wish him a speedy recovery.

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