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Aran Islands RNLI respond to two call outs

Lifeboats News Release

Aran Islands RNLI responded to two call outs on Sunday (28 May).

Nicholas Leach

Aran Islands

The first call was a medical evacuation at 1pm from the neighbouring Island of Inis Oírr. The volunteer crew launched the all-weathr lifeboat under Coxswain John O'Donnell and a full crew and headed straight for Inis Oírr. A lady visiting the Island had fallen off her bicycle and was in need of further medical attention. Once safely along the pier in Inis Oírr, the patient was transferred safely aboard the lifeboat and they then headed straight for Rossaveal harbour and the awaiting ambulance.

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

As the volunteer crew were returning to Inis Mór, at 4.20pm they were requested to The Cliffs of Mother, were there were reports of a person in the water. The Irish Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 115 from Shannon was also on the scene and their crew spotted a person in the water. The Aran Islands RNLI volunteer crew took the casualty from the water before handing them into the care of Doolin Coast Guard. The casualty was later pronounced deceased.

All at Aran Islands RNLI wish to express their sincere condolences to the family of the deceased. May they rest in peace.


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