Aran Islands RNLI respond to two medical evacuations from Inis Mór
Aran Islands RNLI responded to two medical evacuation requests off Inis Mór at the weekend.
The volunteer lifeboat crew were out training on Saturday evening (22 June) when they were requested to transport a woman who had sustained facial injuries to Rossaveal.
The volunteer crew were paged at 6.40pm following a request from the Irish Coast Guard to transport the injured woman to Rossaveal harbour and on to a waiting ambulance.
The woman had sustained the injuries while out walking at the Puffin holes on Inis Mór.
The lifeboat crew under Coxswain Tommy Dirrane returned to the pontoon and transferred the patient onto the lifeboat and proceeded to Rossaveal.
Weather conditions were good with calm seas at the time.
The crew were asked to launch their all-weather lifeboat for a second time at 11.45pm yesterday (Sunday 23 June) following a request from the Irish Coast Guard to also transport a patient to Rossaveal harbour and on to a waiting ambulance.
The patient was an elderly lady requiring medical attention.
The lifeboat launched under Coxswain Tommy Dirrane and six crew members in good weather conditions with calm seas.
Speaking following the weekend call outs, Aran Islands RNLI Coxswain Tommy Dirrane said: 'Early morning or late at night, our volunteer crew members are always ready and willing to help. We would like to wish both casualties a speedy recovery'.
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