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Aran Islands RNLI responds to sick patient and a yacht that breaks from moorings

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew of Aran Islands RNLI were requested to launch their all-weather Severn class lifeboat at 6.05pm yesterday (Monday 10 July).

Aran Islands RNLI

Nicholas Leach

Aran Islands RNLI

A person on the island was experiencing a health issue and was in need of further medical attention.

The patient was transferred safely aboard the lifeboat at Kilronan Harbour under the supervision of the volunteer crew. The lifeboat then launched under Coxswain Aonghus O'HIarnáin and a full crew.

Conditions at the time of launching were good, with a force 3 northerly wind blowing.

The crew on the call out were Coxswain Aonghus O'HIarnáin, mechanic Máirtín Eoin Coyne, Caelan Cullen Quinn, Daniel O'Connell and Máirtín Dé Bhailis.

Meanwhile, on Saturday last (8 July), the crew were requested to launch by the Irish Coast Guard at 6.31am after a yacht had broken free of her mooring at Kilronan Harbour and had run aground close to a rocky beach.

Two members of the volunteer crew launched the Y-boat, the 3m inflatable boat aboard the lifeboat, to allow the crew to get to the yacht in shallow water. The Severn class lifeboat launched under Coxswain Aonghus O' HIarnáin and proceeded towards the yacht.

Conditions at the time of launching were challenging with a strong force 8 southerly wind blowing

A tow line was established to the yacht and she was pulled clear of the rocks on the in coming tide.

The yacht, a 24ft sailing vessel was was then towed safely to the pier.

The crew on the call out were Coxswain Aonghus O'HIarnáin, mechanic Alan O'Flynn and crew members Joe Gill, Daniel O'Connell and Caelan Cullen Quinn.

Speaking after the call outs, Aonghus O'HIarnáin, Aran Island RNLI Coxswain said: 'There was a good outcome to the yacht rescue what could have been a tricky situation, with the weather conditions becoming increasingly challenging. We also want to wish the patient who took ill yesterday a speedy recovery.


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