Aran Islands RNLI comes to the rescue of three people aboard a jet ski
Aran Islands RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew were asked to launch their all-weather Severn class lifeboat today, Saturday 23 November) at 3.39pm by the Irish Coast Guard to come to the aid of thre people on a Jet Ski that run into difficulty on the south-west corner of Inis Oirr Island in Galway Bay.
The lifeboat David Kirkaldy #17-06 launched under Coxswain John O'Donnell and a full crew.
Weather conditions at the time of launching were good with a slight swell and a north west force 4 wind.
Once the crew arrived on scene, they checked the three people were all uninjured and quickly established a tow line to the jet ski and then transferred the people safely aboard the lifeboat.
The lifeboat then proceeded to the pier at Inis Oirr.
With the Jet Ski ashore,the crew helped locate the fault and repair the damage
Once they were satisfied the Jet Ski was working properly, they escorted the 3 people aboard the Jet Ski safely back to Doolin Pier.
Speaking after the call out Aran Islands RNLI Coxswain John O'Donnell said: 'The volunteer crew members responded quickly and thankfully a successful rescue was carried out, with three people being brought safely ashore. For anyone planning a trip to sea,always wear a lifejacket, always carry means of communication and let someone ashore know where you are going and when you are due back. Should you get into difficulty or see someone else in trouble call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard.'
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.