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Injured crewman air-lifted by helicopter from tanker off Limassol

Cyprus police rescue helicopter

A  29-year old Ukrainian male crew member of an oil tanker sailing off Limassol was transferred by helicopter from the vessel and taken to Nicosia General Hospital early Sunday after he was injured in the engine room.

According to an announcement by the defence ministry, the Larnaca Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC), received an urgent call at 5.10am from the Panama-flagged tanker BASILIA, located 17 nautical miles south of Limassol, that a crew member had suffered severe burns and required immediate transfer to hospital.

“The JRCC activated the national search and rescue plan “Nearchos” by sending a police helicopter from the air operations unit, with a specialised nurse from the civil defence for the air lift,” the the announcement said.

It added that the 29-year-old arrived at the hospital at around 6.35am.

The ship’s representatives in Cyprus and the department of Consular Affairs of the foreign affairs ministry were asked to inform the relatives of the injured man.

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