Aran Islands RNLI respond to a medical evacuation from Inis Mór

Lifeboats News Release

At 6.16pm yesterday (Wednesday 22 June) Aran Islands RNLI were asked to launch by the Irish Coast Guard to go to the aid of a woman on Inis Mór who was in need of medical attention.

Aran Islands RNLI lifeboat

RNLI/Aran Islands

Aran Islands RNLI lifeboat

The woman was transferred safely aboard the lifeboat by the volunteer crew. The lifeboat launched under Coxswain John O'Donnell, with a full crew, to head straight for Rossaveal Harbour where an ambulance was waiting.

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

Speaking after the call out Aran Islands, RNLI Coxswain John O'Donnell said: 'The volunteer crew responded to their pagers as soon as they went off so we were able to get the patient on her way to the hospital quickly. We would like to wish her a speedy recovery.

'As we head into the summer months, we would like to advise all beach goers, and anyone heading to sea, to heed all safety advice and guidelines.'


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