Baltimore RNLI carries out medical evacuation from Sherkin Island
Baltimore RNLI was launched yesterday evening (Monday 7 May) to carry out a medical evacuation from Sherkin Island
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.’
RNLI media contacts
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
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.