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Aran Islands RNLI respond to medical evacuation from Inis Mór

Lifeboats News Release

Aran Islands RNLI carried out a medical evacuation from Inis Mór on Saturday (24 June).

RNLI/Aran Islands

Aran Islands RNLI

The volunteer crew were requested to launch their all-weather lifeboat at 12.58pm. The crew were training at the time of the call and were ready to divert and respond immediately.

A person with appendicitis was in urgent need of further medical attention.

The lifeboat launched under Coxwain Aonghus Ó HIarnáin and a full crew. Conditions at the time of launching were good with a southerly breeze and 1.5m sea swell.

The patient was transferred safely aboard the lifeboat and taken straight for Rossaveal harbour where the crew safely transferred the patient to the awaiting ambulance.

Speaking after the call out, Aran Islands RNLI Coxswain Aonghus Ó HIarnáin said: 'When training turns into a call it is a wee bit different but the volunteer crew are always ready as always to go and we were delighted to help. We wish the patient a speedy recovery.'


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