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Aran Islands RNLI responds to two call outs

Lifeboats News Release

The Aran Islands RNLI volunteer crew were requested to launch their all-weather Severn class lifeboat at 2pm yesterday (Monday 30 May) by the Irish Coast Guard.

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Aran Islands RNLI

A small inflatable boat had broken down off Doolin. The volunteer Crew under Coxswain Sean Curtin were ready to launch when the call came through the inflatable had made its way safely ashore.

The second call out came at 10.05pm when a man visiting the Island overnight was in need of medical assistance.

With the patient transferred safely aboard, the lifeboat launched under Coxswain Sean Curtin and a full crew and proceeded straight for Rossaveal Harbour and the waiting ambulance.

Weather conditions at the time were good.

Speaking after the call out, Coxswain in charge Sean Curtin said: 'We would like to wish the patient a speedy recovery. On both occasions the volunteer crew turned up without hesitation.

'As the fine weather continues we remind people taking to the water to plan their trip, wear a lifejacket and always carry a means of calling for help. Should you get into difficulty, dial 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard.'


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