Early morning call out for Aran Islands RNLI to help injured man
The Aran Islands RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew were asked to launch their all-weather lifeboat at the request of the Irish Coast Guard early this morning, at 2.30am (Saturday 22 June).
A young man visiting Inis Mór had sustained an eye injury that required further medical attention.
The lifeboat launched in calm seas under Coxswain Tommy Dirrane and with six crew members onboard and proceeded to Rossaveal harbour. The patient was then transferred safely to a waiting ambulance and on to University College hospital Galway for further treatment.
Speaking following the call out Aran Islands RNLI Coxswain Tommy Dirrane said: 'Our volunteers had an early morning wake up call today but that it is what they are trained, willing and prepared to do to help anyone they can. All at Aran Islands RNLI would like to wish the casualty a speedy recovery'.
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