Aran Islands RNLI respond to two medical evacuations
Aran Islands RNLI responded to two medical evacuations yesterday.
The volunteer crew of the all-weather Severn class lifeboat David Kirkaldy were out training last night, (Wednesday 5 July) when they were requested to launch as a person on Inis Mór was in need of medical attention just before 7pm.
The lifeboat returned to the pontoon and the patient was transferred safely aboard under the supervision of the crew and they then proceeded straight for Rossaveal harbour and the awaiting ambulance.
The lifeboat launched under Coxswain Aonghus Ó HIarnáin and a full crew, sea conditions at the time were fresh, with a force 4-5 west to south west wind blowing and moderate seas.
The second call came at 10.16pm. A person on the neighbouring Island of Inis Oírr was in need of medical attention.
The lifeboat launched again under Coxswain Aonghus Ó HIarnáin and a full crew and headed straight for Inis Oírr. Once alongside the pier in Inis Oírr, the patient was transferred safely aboard the lifeboat by the volunteer crew and headed straight for Rossaveal harbour.
Seas conditions were the same as earlier, with a fresh west, south west wind and moderate seas.
Speaking after the call outs, Aran Islands RNLI Coxswain Aonghus Ó HIarnáin said: 'There was a great response from the volunteer crew for the back to back call outs tonight, they are always ready and willing to answer their pagers. We wish both patients a speedy recovery'.
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