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Aran Islands RNLI responds to two medical evacuation requests from Inis Mór

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew at Aran Islands RNLI were asked to launch their all-weather Severn class lifeboat by the Irish Coast Guard at 1.56pm yesterday (Monday 5 June).

RNLI/Nicholas Leach

A person was in need of further medical attention. The lifeboat launched under Coxswain Aonghus Ó HIarnáin and a full crew. The patient was transferred safely aboard the lifeboat and then brought straight to Rossaveal harbour. Conditions at the time of launching were good with calm seas and a light breeze.

The second call to launch came at 6.37pm. A person having fallen, needed further medical attention. The patient was transferred safely aboard the lifeboat by the volunteer crew after being brought to the pontoon by members of the fire brigade.

The lifeboat launched under Coxswain Aonghus Ó HIarnáin and a full crew.

Speaking after the call out, Lena O'Connell, Aran Islands RNLI Volunteer Press Officer said: 'This was a very busy weekend for the volunteer crew, but they never hesitate to answer their pagers and to help anyone in need, this is what they train for. We wish both patients a speedy recovery.

'As we head into the summer months, we advise the public to always pay heed to safety advice and if going out on the water, let someone know where you are going and when you are due back.'


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