Arranmore RNLI responds to two call outs in two days

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew of Arranmore RNLI responded to a call to assist a medical evacuation from the island at 6.45am on Friday 16 September.

Crew members returning from service include Brian Proctor. Aisling Cox, Coxswain Jimmy Early and John McHugh


Crew members returning from service include Brian Proctor. Aisling Cox, Coxswain Jimmy Early and John McHugh

Then on Saturday (17 September) at 2.45pm, the lifeboat was again asked by Malin Head Coast Guard to launch following a report of two people in the water half a mile north of the Sound of Owey island when their 17ft aluminium boat overturned.

On arrival at the scene both casualties had been rescued by the Bunbeg Coast Guard boat and were taken to Magheragallon pier where they were transferred by ambulance to hospital. Coast Guard helicopter, Rescue 118 from Sligo was also on standby to assist.

The lifeboat crew righted the stricken boat, secured a tow rope and towed it to Burtonport. Sea conditions at the time were calm with good visibility.

Arranmore RNLI Coxswain Jimmy Early on return said: 'We are really pleased that both casualties were rescued and well done to the Bunbeg crew. We work very closely with the Coast Guard services to ensure the best possible outcomes for those who get into difficulty on the water and ask that people familiarise themselves with the RNLI’s safety messages which can be viewed at'


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