TF-SYN, the helicopter of the Icelandic Coast Guard, flew almost 650 kilometers out to sea and back to respond to a rescue call from a Russian trawler on Wednesday evening, Vísir reports.
The call for help was received at 5:25 PM on Wednesday afternoon, when the trawler was located 226 nautical miles to the southwest of the Reykjanes peninsula in South Iceland. One of the ship’s crew members was seriously injured and needed prompt medical care. The ship was directed to continue toward Reykjanes and told that a helicopter would be sent for the injured man.
After fueling up at Keflavík, the TF-SYN reached the trawler at around 11:00 PM. The ship was 175 nautical miles offshore at that point. One nautical mile is roughly 1850 meters, which means the helicopter flew 324 kilometers (one way) to pick up the injured man.
It took roughly 20 minutes for the sailor to be lifted into the helicopter, after which, he was flown to the National and University Hospital where he was able to receive medical attention at 1:00 AM.