Baltimore RNLI carries out a medical evacuation from Cape Clear Island

Lifeboats News Release

Baltimore RNLI carried out a medical evacuation earlier today (Tuesday 25 June) from Cape Clear Island off the coast of Baltimore, West Cork.

RNLI/Micheal Cottrell

File image of Baltimore all-weather lifeboat

The volunteer lifeboat crew launched their all-weather lifeboat at 11.07am, following a request from the Irish Coast Guard to provide medical assistance and evacuation to a man on Cape Clear Island.

The Baltimore all-weather lifeboat arrived at North Harbour in Cape Clear at 11.27am. The casualty was brought onboard and the lifeboat departed the island at 11.30am. The lifeboat returned to the station in Baltimore and handed the casualty over to the care of the HSE Ambulance crew at 11.56am.

There were six volunteer crew onboard the lifeboat, Coxswain Kieran Cotter, Mechanic Cathal Cottrell and crew members Kieran Collins, Jerry Smith, David Ryan and Aidan Bushe. Sean McCarthy provided assistance at the lifeboat house in Baltimore. Conditions at sea during the call out were calm with an easterly force 3-4 wind, no sea swell and very good visibility.

Speaking following the call out, Kate Callanan, Baltimore RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer said: ‘If you find yourself in need of medical assistance whilst on an island, call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard. We wish the casualty a full recovery.’


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For more information please telephone Kate Callanan, Baltimore RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 087 2906607 or or Nuala McAloon, Regional Media Officer on 0876483547 or or Niamh Stephenson, Regional Media Manager on 0871254124 or

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