Aran Islands RNLI responds to two medical evacuations from neighbouring Islands

Lifeboats News Release

Aran Islands RNLI responded to two medical evacuations today (Tuesday 23 July).

RNLI/Aran Islands

Aran Islands

The all-weather lifeboat launched at 10.15am this morning following a request from the Irish Coast Guard.

The all-weather Severn class lifeboat Margaret, Joan and Fred NYE, launched under Coxswain Mairtín O'Flaithearta and a full crew and headed straight for Inis Meain.

Weather conditions were good with a 1.5m swell and a force 4-5 southerly wind.

Once alongside the pier in Inis Meain, the casualty, a teenager requiring further medical attention was taken aboard the lifeboat. The crew then proceeded to Inis Oirr, where a young child also requiring further medical attention was taken aboard.

With both casualties safely aboard and under the supervision of the volunteer crew, members of the lifeboat headed straight for Rossaveal Harbour where they were transferred by ambulance for further treatment.

Speaking after the call out, Aran Islands RNLI Coxswain Mairtín O'Flaithearta said: ‘A call can come at any time, and often like today where we had get two call outs at once. In situations like this, our regular crew training helps with a quick response time.

We would like to wish both casualties a speedy recovery.’


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