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Aran Islands RNLI respond to double medical evacuation request

Lifeboats News Release

The first call out came at 10.02am on Wednesday (20 April) when the Irish Coast Guard asked the Volunteer Crew to launch for a local man on Inis Mór that was in need of further medical attention .

RNLI/Aran Islands

With the patient transferred safely aboard the lifeboat at the pontoon at Kilronan Harbour by the Local Fire Crew and Volunteer Lifeboat crew, following all strict Covid-19 health and safety guidelines, the lifeboat launched under Coxswain Sean Ginely and a full crew and headed straight for Rossaveal Harbour and the waiting Ambulance.

Weather conditions at the time of launching were fair, with good visibility a slight sea swell with a south to south east force 4 to 6 wind blowing.

After returning to the Pontoon at Inis Mór Harbour, and washing down the lifeboat and refueling, the next call out came at 2.15pm. The Volunteer Crew were asked to launch by the Irish Coast Guard to a man on the neighboring Island of Inis Meáin who was in need of medical attention.

The lifeboat launched under Coxswain John Ginely and headed straight for Inis Meáin, sea conditions remained the same as earlier. Once at the pier in Inis Meáin, the patient was helped aboard by the Volunteer Crew following all strict Covid-19 guidelines, they then headed straight for Rossaveal Harbour and the waiting Ambulance.

Speaking after the call out Aran Islands Coxswain John Ginely said:

'A busy day, but the crew responded without hesitation and we got both patients on their way as quickly as possible. We would like to wish them both a speedy recovery.'

'As we head towards the summer months, could we remind everyone to always heed safety guidelines when visiting the Coast. Never swim alone and if heading out on the water, wear a lifejacket and always bring means of communication with you. Letting someone ashore know when you are due back.'


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