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Busy Bank Holiday weekend for Aran Islands RNLI as crew help two people

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew of Aran Islands RNLI responded to two medical evacuations over the August Bank Holiday weekend.

RNLI/Aran Islands

Aran Islands RNLI

The first call came at 3.42am yesterday (Monday 1 August), when the crew were requested to launch by the Irish Coast Guard to go the aid of a man on the neighbouring Island of Inis Meáin who was in need of further medical attention.

The lifeboat launched under Coxswain John O'Donnell and headed straight for Inis Meáin. With the patient safely transferred aboard the lifeboat by the crew, the lifeboat headed straight for Rossaveal Harbour.

Conditions at the time of launching were good with calm seas and good visibility.

The next call was at 10.39pm last night when a patient on Inis Mór was in need of further medical attention.

With the patient transferred safely aboard the lifeboat at the pontoon at Kilronan Harbour by the crew, the lifeboat launched under Coxswain John O'Donnell and a full crew and headed straight for Rossaveal Harbour.

Conditions at the time of launching were challenging with poor visibility and a Force 5 south westerly wind blowing.

Speaking after the call out, Aran Islands RNLI Coxswain John O'Donnell said: 'It has been a busy weekend for our volunteers and they didn't hesitate to respond to their pagers. We would like to wish both patients a speedy recovery.'

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