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Galway and Aran Islands RNLI involved in recovery of casualty in major operation

Lifeboats News Release

A multi-agency air and sea rescue operation ended with the recovery of a casualty a mile west of Blackrock in Galway’s Salthill area this evening (Wednesday 7 September).

The Irish Coast Guard was alerted at about half past three by a local fisherman who came across a local fishing boat with its engine running and no one on board, in an area south of Tawn Island off Maree, Oranmore (south of Galway Bay).
 
Galway RNLI's lifeboat launched from Galway Docks and was joined by the Aran Island RNLI all-weather lifeboat, the Irish Coast Guard helicopter from Shannon and the Casla Bay Coast Guard lifeboat. Within an hour they were joined in the search by nine local fishing boats from across the bay.
 
They started the search south of the bay and moved north where they concentrated their efforts in the last two hours. 
 
The Aran Islands RNLI lifeboat recovered the casualty about one mile west of Blackrock, off Salthill, and proceeded to Galway Harbour where the emergency services were waiting.
 
ENDS
 
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