Baltimore RNLI provides medical evacuation from Cape Clear Island
Baltimore RNLI carried out a medical evacuation last night (Sunday 6 August) for a student on Cape Clear Island off the coast of West Cork.
The volunteer lifeboat crew was tasked to launch their all-weather lifeboat following a request from the Irish Coast Guard at 10.11pm to provide medical assistance and evacuation to a student who received an injury after a fall.
Once on scene, three of the volunteer crew went ashore and were brought by minibus to the casualty. There they administered casualty care before transferring the injured girl back to the all-weather lifeboat. The lifeboat then returned to Baltimore lifeboat station at 11.40pm and handed the casualty over to the care of HSE Ambulance crew who were waiting at the station. Conditions at sea during the shout were calm with a westerly force 3-4 wind and 1m sea swell.
There were seven volunteer crew onboard the lifeboat, Coxswain Kieran Cotter, Mechanic Brian McSweeney and crew members Jerry Smith, Pat Collins, Diarmuid Collins, Jim Griffiths and Ryan O’Mahony. Micheal Cottrell, Rianne Smith, Eoin Ryan, Sean McCarthy, Don O’Donovan and David Ryan provided shore crew assistance at the lifeboat house.
Speaking following the call out, Kate Callanan, Baltimore RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer said: ‘The lifeboat is often called upon to act as an ambulance service between the islands and mainland, and our volunteer crews are trained to a high standard in first aid and casualty care. If you find yourself at sea or on an island in need of medical assistance, call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard. We wish her a full and speedy recovery.’
RNLI media contacts
For more information please contact Kate Callanan Baltimore RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer Tel: 087 290 6607 or Baltimore RNLI Deputy Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer Cyril Thornton Tel: 087 9876718
For more information please contact Nuala McAloon RNLI Press Officer Ireland on 0876483547 or email Nuala_McAloon@rnli.org.uk or Niamh Stephenson RNLI Public Relations Manager Ireland on 0871254124 or 018900460 or email Niamh_Stephenson@rnli.org.uk
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