Ballycotton RNLI rescue woman in medical evacuation 30 miles off Ballycotton Bay

Lifeboats News Release

Ballycotton RNLI launched their all-weather lifeboat yesterday evening (Saturday 4 August) at approximately 7.20pm to a crew member on board the Pont-Aven cruise ferry.


The female casualty who became injured while working on the vessel required a medical evacuation while 30 miles off Ballycotton bay. Ballycotton RNLI and it’s volunteer crew were launched from a request made by Valentia Coast Guard and proceeded to the incident.

The Pont-Aven altered its course back towards Cork harbour where Ballycotton RNLI then intercepted at 16 miles. The casualty was transferred from the fast rescue boat by the Pont-Aven onto the Ballycotton all-weather lifeboat where they then proceeded to Crosshaven with the casualty on board.

On arrival at Crosshaven they were met by Crosshaven Coast Guard, Cork harbour personel and the ambulance service where the casualty was assisted to immediately.

Weather conditions were favourable, and near perfect for the task which enabled all involved to transfer the casualty quickly and seamlessly.

Speaking following the call out, Ballycotton RNLI Coxswain Eolan Walsh said: “The timeliness and transfer of the casualty was made so much simpler by the professionalism of the Pont-Aven’s fast rescue boat crew. We would like to thank all involved that contributed to a positive outcome and we wish the casualty a speedy recover from all at Ballycotton RNLI.


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