Aran Islands RNLI comes to the aid of cyclist after fall
Aran Islands RNLI’s volunteer crew came to the aid of a cyclist who fell off his bike today (Monday 19 July).
The crew were asked to launch their all-weather Severn class lifeboat at 12.19pm. A male visitor to the island for the day was in need of further medical attention after falling off his bicycle.
The patient was transferred safely aboard the lifeboat by both the local fire service and the lifeboat crew at the pontoon at Kilronan Harbour
The lifeboat launched under Coxswain John O'Donnell and a full crew and headed straight for Rossaveal Harbour and the waiting ambulance.
Conditions at the time of launching were good, with calm seas, a light southwest breeze and clear visibility.
Speaking after the call out, Aran Islands RNLI Coxswain John O'Donnell said:
‘The crew responded without delay and we got the patient on his way to the care needed. We would like to wish him a speedy recovery.
‘As the good weather continues, we advise all beach and sea goers to adhere to all safety advice. Never swim alone and if going out to sea, wear a lifejacket and always let someone know when you are due back.
If you get into difficulty or see someone in trouble, 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.