Baltimore RNLI provides medical evacuation from Cape Clear Island

Lifeguards News Release

Baltimore RNLI carried out a medical evacuation this afternoon (Wednesday 25 July) from Cape Clear Island off the coast of West Cork.

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Baltimore all-weather lifeboat file image

The volunteer lifeboat crew launched their all-weather lifeboat following a request from the Irish Coast Guard at 1.42pm to provide medical assistance and evacuation to an islander living on Cape Clear.

The all-weather lifeboat arrived in North Harbour at Cape Clear at 2.05pm and four of the volunteer crew went to the location where the casualty was, to assist with transfer and casualty care. Once ready the casualty was brought onboard Baltimore lifeboat and they departed the island at 3.07pm. The lifeboat returned to the station in Baltimore and handed the casualty over to the care of HSE Ambulance crew at 3.51pm.

There were six volunteer crew onboard the lifeboat, Coxswain Aidan Bushe, Mechanic Cathal Cottrell and crew members Eoin Ryan, Kieran Collins, Emma Lupton and Don O’Donovan. Conditions at sea during the call out were relatively calm with a south-westerly force 3-4 wind and 1m sea swell.

Speaking following the call out, Kate Callanan, Baltimore RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer said: ‘Medical evacuations (medevacs) are a regular service that Baltimore RNLI provide between the mainland and islands, and also between the mainland and private and commercial boats at sea. If you find yourself in need of medical assistance, call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard.’

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For more information please contact Kate Callanan Baltimore RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer Tel: 087 290 6607 email: kate_callanan@rnli.org.uk

Niamh Stephenson RNLI Regional Media Manager Tel: 087 1254 124 / 01 8900 460 email Niamh_Stephenson@rnli.org or Nuala McAloon RNLI Regional Media Officer Tel: 087 6483547 email: Nuala_McAloon@rnli.org

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Baltimore lifeboat crew preparing for medevac (file image)

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