The man was brought ashore by the new Baltimore lifeboat Alan Massey.

THE Baltimore Lifeboat was called to assist the Maersk tanker Clarissa yesterday evening, as she was en route to New York.

A merchant seaman aboard the vessel which was 4.8 nautical miles south west of Cape Clear at the time was in urgent need of medical attention.

The Clarissa, which was en route from Milford Haven to New York, diverted course to rendezvous with the all weather lifeboat Alan Massey, south of Cape Clear.

Coxwain Kieran Cotter manoeuvred the Tamar class lifeboat alongside the 29,000 tonne oil tanker while it was still moving to transfer the injured seaman to safety.

The lifeboat which is capable of speeds of up to 25 knots returned to Baltimore Pier where medical attention was offered to the seaman.

On board the lifeboat were Coxswain Kieran Cotter, Mechanic Cathal Cottrell, Pat Collins, Ger Sheehy, Diarmuid Collins, John O’Flynn and Brendan Cottrell.