Aran Islands RNLI assists tourist who falls on rocky terrain
Aran Islands RNLI came to the aid of a tourist who fell on rocky ground yesterday evening (Wednesday 12 June).
The volunteer crew were asked to launch the station’s all-weather lifeboat at 6pm following a request from the Irish Coast Guard to transport a patient to Rossaveal Harbour and on to a waiting ambulance.
The American tourist who was on a trip to Inis Mór at the time had fallen on rocky terrain and sustained a suspected fractured ankle.
The lifeboat launched under Coxswain John O’Donnell in good weather conditions and calm seas and proceeded to the scene where the casualty was assessed and then transferred onto the lifeboat and brought to Rossaveal.
Speaking after the call out, Aran Islands RNLI Coxswain John O’Donnell said: ‘Medical evacuations are a routine part of the lifeboat’s work here on the islands and our volunteers are always willing and ready to help. We would like to wish the casualty a speedy recovery.’
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