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Baltimore RNLI carries out medical evacuation from Sherkin Island

Lifeboats News Release

Baltimore RNLI was launched yesterday evening (Monday 7 May) to carry out a medical evacuation from Sherkin Island

RNLI/Kate Callanan

Baltimore all-weather lifeboat

The volunteer lifeboat crew launched their all-weather lifeboat following a request from the Irish Coast Guard at 7.32pm to provide medical assistance and evacuation to a man on Sherkin Island off the coast of West Cork.

The volunteer lifeboat crew arrived on scene at 7.40pm and provided casualty care before transferring the patient to the all-weather lifeboat. The lifeboat returned to Baltimore lifeboat station arriving at 8.21pm and handed care over to the HSE ambulance crew at 8.30pm. Weather conditions were good at the time with a south-westerly force 2-3 wind and calm sea conditions within the harbour.

The volunteer crew onboard the lifeboat were Coxswain Kieran Cotter, Mechanic Cathal Cottrell and crew members Pat Collins, Aidan Bushe, Jerry Smith, Eoin Ryan, Don O’Donovan and Ronnie Carty.

Speaking following the call out, Kate Callanan, Baltimore RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer said: ‘The RNLI and other rescue agencies around the coast provide a vital service to those living or holidaying on islands. If you require assistance, please 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

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

RNLI/Kate Callanan

Baltimore RNLI station

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