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