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Aran Islands RNLI carry out medical evacuation after female tourist is injured

Lifeboats News Release

The Aran Islands RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew were asked to launch their all weather lifeboat at 5.45pm on Saturday (17 August) by the Irish Coast Guard.

RNLI/Nicholas Leach

Aran Islands RNLI


A female visitor to Inis Mór had sustained a suspected fractured leg while out sightseeing.

The Aran Islands RNLI Severn lifeboat David Kirkaldy launched under Coxswain Tommy Dirrane and a full crew. The casualty was transferred safely aboard and under the supervision of the volunteer crew members.

The lifeboat then proceeded to Rossaveal harbour and the awaiting Ambulance.

Weather conditions were good with moderate seas and a west to south west force 6-7 wind.

Speaking after the call out, Aran Islands RNLI Coxswain Tommy Dirrane said: 'The volunteer crew members train regularly to maintain their quick response time and that can make all the difference to the casualty you are going to help. We would like to wish the casualty a speedy recovery.'

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