Aran Islands RNLI carry out two medical evacuations

Lifeboats News Release

Aran Islands RNLI responded to two medical evacuations yesterday (Monday 15 June) bringing two women to safety.

RNLI/Aran Islands

Aran Islands RNLI

The volunteer crew members were asked to launch their all-weather Severn class lifeboat David Kirkaldy at 4.49pm, by the Irish Coast Guard and go to the aid of a woman on Inis Oirr who required medical attention.

The lifeboat launched under Coxswain Declan Brannigan and with a full crew onboard.

Weather conditions at the time of launching were good, with calm seas and a slight breeze.

With the lifeboat along side the pier in Inis Oirr, the patient was transferred safely aboard, following all the Covid-19 safety guidelines. Under the supervision of the crew, the lifeboat headed straight for Rossaveal Harbour where the woman was transferred into the care of a waiting ambulance.

The second call out of the day came at 10.25pm, this time following a request to go to the aid of a woman on Inis Mór, who had a suspected fractured arm and needed further medical attention.

With the patient safely aboard and in the care of the crew members, the lifeboat under Coxswain Declan Brannigan proceeded once again to Rossaveal Harbour.

Weather conditions were good with calm seas and a slight breeze.

Speaking after the call outs, Aran Islands RNLI Coxswain Declan Brannigan said: 'Our volunteers didn't hesitate to answer both calls today and we would like to wish both women a speedy recovery.

'As we approach the summer, we would remind everyone that should they get into difficulty or see someone else in difficulty, to call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard.'


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