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Baltimore RNLI provides a medical evacuation from Cape Clear Island

Lifeboats News Release

Baltimore RNLI were called out to provide a medical evacuation earlier this morning (Thursday 2 March) from Cape Clear Island off the coast of West Cork.

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Baltimore RNLI all-weather lifeboat (file image)

The volunteer lifeboat crew launched their all-weather lifeboat at 8.30am, following a request from the Irish Coast Guard to provide a medical evacuation for a woman living on the island.

The Baltimore all-weather lifeboat crew arrived at North Harbour on Cape Clear Island at 8.54am and transferred the casualty onboard the lifeboat. The lifeboat departed Cape Clear Island at 8.56am and returned to the station in Baltimore arriving at 9.17am. The casualty was then handed over to the care of HSE Ambulance crew.

There were five volunteer crew onboard the lifeboat, Coxswain Aidan Bushe, Mechanic Cathal Cottrell and crew members Don O’Donovan, Micheal Cottrell and Pat Collins. Conditions during the call out were windy but calm with a south easterly force 3-4 wind and very little sea swell.

Speaking following the call out, Kate Callanan, Baltimore RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer said: ‘If you find yourself in a medical emergency whilst on an island call 999 or 112.’

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For more information please telephone Kate Callanan, Baltimore RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 0872906607 or email [email protected] or contact Nuala McAloon, Regional Media Officer on 0876483547 or [email protected] or Niamh Stephenson, Regional Media Manager on 0871254124 or [email protected]

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