Aran Islands RNLI responds to medical evacuation from Inis Mór
The volunteer crew at Aran Islands RNLI were asked to launch their all-weather Severn class lifeboat at 8.03pm yesterday (Sunday 4 July) by the Irish Coast Guard. A lady on Inis Mór was in need of medical attention.
With the lady safely transferred aboard the lifeboat by the crew following Covid-19 health and safety protocols, the lifeboat under Coxswain Tommy Dirrane and a full crew onboard, headed straight for Rossaveal Harbour and the waiting ambulance.
Weather conditions at the time of launching were good with calm seas and a light westerly breeze blowing, with fair visibility.
Speaking after the call out, Aran Islands RNLI Coxswain Tommy Dirrane said: ‘There was a great response time from the crew which ensured we could promptly get the patient on her way to the medical attention she needed. We would like to wish the patient a speedy recovery.
‘As the good weather continues, we would like to advise all beach goers, to never swim alone, always tell someone where you are going. If going out to sea, always wear a lifejacket and always bring a mobile phone, fully charged in a waterproof bag. Let someone ashore know when you are due back. If you see some in difficulty call 999 or 112 and ask for the Irish 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.