Clifden RNLI attend scene of island car accident
Volunteer crew members from Clifden RNLI attended the scene of a serious car accident yesterday (Monday 6 August) on the island of Inishbofin.
A jeep containing a number of passengers had left the road and rolled a number of times into a ravine. Clifden RNLI’s Atlantic 85 lifeboat was launched and proceeded to the island.
Clifden RNLI Helm Joe Acton and crewmember David Barry attended the scene of the accident and administered casualty care to one of the people with a serious head injury. The other casualties were assessed by the island nurse while awaiting transfer. The casualties were then airlifted to the mainland for further treatment by the Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 118 and the Air Corps helicopter.
Helm Joe Acton said after the launch ‘This was a serious accident and it could not have been in a more remote place. We were glad to be able to assist and work together with the other emergency services to help the casualties.’
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