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Aran Islands RNLI responds to medical evacuation

Lifeboats News Release

Aran Islands RNLI carried out a medical evacuation yesterday afternoon (Wednesday 19 August) after a visitor had a biking accident.

Aran Islands RNLI

RNLI/Aran Islands

Aran Islands RNLI

The volunteer crew were requested to launch their all-weather lifeboat at 3.31pm

The patient was transferred safely aboard the Severn class ifeboat at the pontoon under the supervision of the volunteer crew before the lifeboat launched under Coxswain Aonghus Ó HIarnáin and headed straight for Rossaveal harbour and the awaiting ambulance.

Conditions at the time of launching were good with calm seas and a light breeze.

Speaking after the call out, Coxswain Aonghus Ó HIarnáin said: 'This was another fast response time from the volunteer crew, we wish the patient a speedy recovery.'

Crew on the call out were Coxswain Aonghus Ó HIarnáin, mechanic Mairtín Eoin Coyne and crew members Mairtín Dé Bhailis, Daniel O'Connell and Ciarán O'Donnell.

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