Arranmore RNLI responds to two calls in two days
Arranmore RNLI's all-weather class lifeboat was called to assist a rib (Rigid Inflatable Boat) on Sunday afternoon (6 June), which got into difficulty on rocks off Kincasslagh.
When the lifeboat arrived on scene, the Bunbeg Coast Guard boat had secured the casualty boat and brought it to safety. The lifeboat then returned to base under the charge of second coxswain, Frankie Bonner.
On Saturday (5 June) the lifeboat was involved in a medical evacuation from the island. The patient was transferred to a waiting ambulance at Burtonport.
Frankie Bonner, second coxswain of the Arranmore RNLI Lifeboat said: 'We are a 24 hour on call service and prepared at a minute’s notice to answer any call for assistance. Our call outs are many and varied, from providing medical assistance in transferring patients from the island to assisting boats and people in trouble within a 50 mile radius of our base in Arranmore.'
Frankie is the son of Francis Bonner who served as coxswain on the lifeboat for many years along with his three sons, Frankie, Seamus and Michael who are part of the volunteer crew at Arranmore RNLI.
There is still a strong family tradition of voluntary service at Arranmore RNLI since the first lifeboat came to the island in 1883.
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.