Aran Islands RNLI carry out medical evacuation from Inis Mór
Aran Islands RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew were asked to launch their all-weather Severn class lifeboat #17-06 David Kirkaldy at 8.15pm on Tuesday 23 June, by the Irish Coast Guard.
An older man on Inis Mór, who was in a lot of discomfort required urgent medical attention.
With the assistance of the local Fire Brigade, the patient was transferred safely aboard the lifeboat and placed under the supervision of the volunteer lifeboat crew, following all strict COVID-19 safety guidelines.
With the patient safely aboard, the lifeboat launched under Coxswain John O'Donnell and a full crew.
Weather conditions at the time of launching were good, with a one metre sea swell and a light south west breeze.
Upon arrival at Rossaveal harbour, the patient was transferred safely aboard the ambulance.
Speaking after the call out, Aran Islands RNLI Coxswain John O'Donnell said:
'The volunteer crew didn't hesitate to answer the call. We would like to wish the patient a speedy recovery. Heading into the summer months, please follow all safety advice, never swim alone, always tell someone where you are going and if you see someone else in trouble call 112 or 999 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 over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, 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.