Clifden RNLI launch to assist with a medivac from Inishbofin

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew were requested by the Irish Coast Guard to assist with the transfer of a casualty from Inishbofin on Friday (15 April).

Clifden RNLI Shannon Class ALB in the water

RNLI/Mella Walsh

Clifden RNLI Shannon Class ALB

Clifden RNLI Shannon class all weather lifeboat was launched at 11.30am on Good Friday and the crew made the trip to the island in good time. The weather was quite foggy so the crew stood by to assist the Sligo-based Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 118 in case conditions and visibility deteriorated. The casualty was successfully airlifted by Rescue 118 and brought to University Hospital Galway for treatment.

The crew were stood down and back at base by 2.30pm. The operation was carried out by RNLI volunteers Alan Pryce (Coxswain), Thomas Davis, Daniel Whelan, John Mullen and John Heffernan.

Coxswain Alan Pryce said, “In Clifden RNLI we are always happy to provide support and assistance to our local island communities, a medical evacuation is a time critical event and we will always do what we can to ensure a successful outcome. I’d like to thank the crew for their rapid response time and wish the casualty well.”

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