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Aran Islands RNLI carry out medical evacuation off Inis Orr

Lifeboats News Release

Aran Islands RNLI's volunteer lifeboat crew were asked to launch their all-weather Severn class lifeboat at 11.48am, this morning, Tuesday (7 June) by the Irish Coast Guard.

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Aran Islands RNLI
A woman on the neighbouring Island of Inis Oirr, was in need of further medical attention, and due to fog she was unable to leave by a scheduled flight.

The lifeboat launched under Coxswain John O'Donnell and a full crew from the pontoon in Inis Mór and headed straight for Inis Oirr.

Weather conditions at the time of launching were good, with calm seas, a light southerly wind and fair visibility.

Once at the pier in Inis Oirr, the patient was transferred safely aboard the lifeboat under the supervision of the volunteer crew, following Covid-19 health and safety guidelines.

The lifeboat then headed straight for Rossaveal Harbour and the waiting ambulance.

Speaking after the call out, Aran Islands RNLI Coxswain John O'Donnell said:

'The crew responded without delay and we got the patient on her way to the care she needed as quickly as possible. We would like to wish the patient all the best.

'As we head into the summer months, please heed all safety advice for leisure activities on the water. Never swim alone, always let someone know when you are due back ashore if going to sea. Always bring a mobile phone to contact someone and always wear a lifejacket.'


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