Aran Islands lifeboat performs medical evacuation after flight blocked by weather

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Galway Daily news Aran Islands lifeboat performs medical evacuation after flight blocked by weather
Photo: Aran Islands/RNLI

The Aran Islands lifeboat was called out this week for a medical evacuation of a woman from Inis Oírr after her flight was grounded by weather.

On Tuesday morning, shortly before midday, the RNLI station were asked to launch to assist a woman in need of medical attention, after she was unable to leave on a scheduled flight due to fog.

The lifeboat launched under Coxswain John O’Donnell and a full crew from the pontoon in Inis Mór and headed straight for Inis Oirr.

Weather conditions at the time of launching were good, with calm seas, a light southerly wind and fair visibility.

Once at the pier in Inis Oirr, the patient was transferred safely aboard the lifeboat under the supervision of the volunteer crew, following Covid-19 health and safety guidelines.

The lifeboat then headed straight for Rossaveal Harbour and the waiting ambulance.

Aran Islands RNLI Coxswain John O’Donnell said “The crew responded without delay and we got the patient on her way to the care she needed as quickly as possible. We would like to wish the patient all the best.”

“As we head into the summer months, please heed all safety advice for leisure activities on the water.”

“Never swim alone, always let someone know when you are due back ashore if going to sea. Always bring a mobile phone to contact someone and always wear a lifejacket.”