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Aran Islands RNLI responds to two Medical Evacuation from Inis Mór

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew of the Aran Islands RNLI were asked to launch their all-weather Severn class lifeboat at 12.02pm Saturday 3 June

Aran Islands all-weather lifeboat

RNLI/Lena O'Connell

Aran Islands all-weather lifeboat

A gentleman visiting the island for the day became unwell and was in need of further medical attention.

The lifeboat launched under Coxwain Aonghus Ó HIarnáin and a full crew. With the patient transferred safely aboard the lifeboat, they headed straight for Rossaveal harbour and the awaiting ambulance.

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

On return to the pontoon at Inis Mór, the crew were asked to launch again. Another visitor to the island for the day had injured himself while swimming.

The crew transferred the patient safely aboard the lifeboat and headed straight for Rossaveal harbour.

Speaking after the call out, Coxwain Aonghus Ó HIarnáin said 'The volunteer crew didn't hesitate to answer their pagers and get the patients on their way to the medical attention needed. We wish them both a speedy recovery'.

With the good weather forecast to continue, we advise the public to adhere to all the safety advice.

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