Aran Islands lifeboat performs late night medical evacuation

Galway Daily news Aran Islands lifeboat performs late night medical evacuation
photo: RNLI/Aran Islands

The Aran Islands RNLI lifeboat carried out a late night medical evacuation of an injured man from Inis Meáin over the weekend.

On Sunday night, the all-weather lifeboat was called out t 8:13pm in response to a man with a facial injury who required further medical attention.

The boat launched under Coxswain John O’Donnell and a full crew and headed straight for Inis Meáin. Conditions at the time of launching were good, with calm seas, a slight breeze and clear visibility.

From Inis Meáin pier, the patient was brought aboard the lifeboat, and from there to Ros a Mhíl Harbour and a waiting ambulance.

Speaking after the call out, Aran Islands RNLI Coxswain John O’Donnell said “There was a quick response time by the volunteer crew to get the patient to the medical attention needed.

“The crew never hesitate to answer their pagers when they go off. We would like to wish the patient a speedy recovery.”

The RNLI provides 24 hour voluntary search and rescue services in the UK and Ireland, as well as medical transport from the islands.

The charity operates 46 lifeboat stations in Ireland alone, including three based in Galway.