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Aran Islands RNLI carry out medical evacuation off Inis Meáin

Lifeboats News Release

The Aran Islands RNLI lifeboat crew were requested to launch their all-weather Severn class lifeboat on Tuesday (31 May) at 6.10pm by the Irish Coast Guard.

RNLI/Aran Islands

Aran Islands RNLI

A lady on our neighbouring Island of Inis Meáin was in need of further medical attention.

The lifeboat launched under Coxswain in charge Sean Curtin and a full crew and headed straight for Inis Meáin.

Conditions at the time of launching were good, with a north westerly Force 3-4 wind blowing.

Once at the pier in Inis Meáin, the patient was transferred safely aboard, and under the supervision of the volunteer crew, the lifeboat headed straight for Rossaveal Harbour and the waiting ambulance.

Speaking after the call out, Coxswain Sean Curtin said: 'The volunteer crew responded quickly to the call and we got the patient safely on her way to the medical attention needed. we would like to wish her a speedy recovery.'


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