A 22-year-old fisherman from the Faroe Islands is being treated at Cork University Hospital after being hit by heavy chains and falling on steelwork on board a trawler off the Cork coast.

The incident happened around 400km off Cork in heavy seas.

The fisherman was airlifted off the trawler by the crew of the Irish Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 117.

The Faroe Islands' Marine Rescue Coordination Centre first alerted the Irish Coast Guard. 

The operation was coordinated by the Marine Rescue Coordination Centre on Valentia Island off the Kerry coast.

The Waterford-based helicopter was tasked by Valentia this morning and flew west of Dursey Island off the Cork coast to rendezvous with the 70 metre trawler, Arctic Voyager, which is registered in the Faroe Islands. 

The airlift took place 10km off Dursey Island just after midday during high winds and in rough sea conditions, with swells of up to seven metres. 

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The Arctic Voyager had steamed closer to the coastline to come within the range of Rescue 117.

The injured fisherman was flown to Cork Airport after being winched on board the Coast Guard helicopter. 

He was then taken to Cork University Hospital, where he is being treated for his injuries.