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Aran Islands RNLI carries out double medical evacuation from Inis Mór

Lifeboats News Release

At 2.01pm on Bank Holiday Sunday (1 May) the volunteer crew of Aran Islands RNLI were asked by the Irish Coast Guard to launch their Severn class all-weather lifeboat.

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Aran Islands RNLI

Two visitors to the Islands were in need of further medical attention, one patient had taken ill and the other had sustained an injury due to a biking accident.

Both patients were transferred safely aboard the lifeboat at the pontoon at Kilronan Harbour, by the volunteer lifeboat crew and the local fire brigade crew.

Once all were safely aboard the lifeboat, it launched under Coxswain Tommy Dirrane and a full volunteer crew and headed straight for Rossaveal Harbour and the waiting ambulance where they transferred the casualties.

Weather conditions at the time of launching were good, with calm seas, good visibility and a light westerly breeze.

Speaking after the call out, Aran Islands RNLI Coxswain Tommy Dirrane said: 'The volunteer crew, on a Bank Holiday weekend showed up without hesitation. We wish both patients a speedy recovery.

'As we head into the summer months, we would encourage anyone planning a trip to sea, to please heed all safety advice when heading to the coast.'

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