Baltimore RNLI provides medical evacuation from Sherkin Island

Lifeboats News Release

Baltimore RNLI carried out a medical evacuation last night (Thursday 11 April) from Sherkin Island off the coast of Baltimore, West Cork.

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The volunteer lifeboat crew launched their all-weather lifeboat following a request from the Irish Coast Guard at 9.29pm to provide medical assistance and evacuation to an islander living on Sherkin.

The Baltimore all-weather lifeboat arrived at Sherkin pier at 9.45pm. The casualty was brought onboard and the lifeboat departed the island at 9.49pm. The lifeboat returned to the station in Baltimore and handed the casualty over to the care of HSE Ambulance crew at 10.08pm.

There were seven volunteer crew onboard the lifeboat, Coxswain Kieran Cotter, Mechanic Cathal Cottrell and crew members Aidan Bushe, Jerry Smith, Emma Lupton, Diarmuid Collins and Colin Whooley. Assisting at the boathouse in Baltimore were Don O’Donovan, Micheal Cottrell, Kieran Collins and Ryan O’Mahony. Conditions at sea during the call out were calm with good visibility and 0m sea swell.

Speaking following the call out, Kate Callanan, Baltimore RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer said: ‘Baltimore RNLI regularly provides the vital service of medical evacuations (medevacs) for residents and visitors to local islands such as Sherkin, Cape Clear and Heir. If you find yourself in need of medical assistance, call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard.’

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