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Aran Islands RNLI respond to carry out medical evacuation

Lifeboats News Release

Aran Islands RNLI responded to a medical evacuation in the early hours of this morning.

RNLI/Aran Islands

Aran Islands RNLI

The volunteer crew were asked to launch their all-weather Severn class lifeboat this morning (Tuesday 27 April), at 12.23am by the Irish Coast Guard.

A woman on Inis Mór was in need of medical attention.

The patient was transferred safely aboard the lifeboat by the volunteer crew, following all strict Covid-19 health and safety guidelines.

The lifeboat launched under Coxswain John O'Donnell and a full crew and headed straight for Rossaveal Harbour and the waiting ambulance.

Weather conditions at the time of launching were good, with calm seas, light winds and good visibility.

Speaking after the call out, Aran Islands RNLI Coxswain John O'Donnell said: 'Time is always of the essence and the volunteer crew are ready to go when called upon. We would like to wish the patient well.

'As restrictions start to ease heading into the summer months, please follow all safety guidelines on sea and on land. If you see someone in trouble, call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard.'


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