Aran Islands lifeboat performs medical evacuation for injured cyclist

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Galway Daily news Aran Islands RNLI carries out medical evacuation off Inis Meáin
Photo: Aran Islands RNLI

The Aran Islands lifeboat came to the aid of an injured cyclist on Inis Oírr who was in need of medical assistance on Monday.

The lifeboat was called out just after 1pm following a report from the Irish Coast Guard about a cyclist being injured on the neighbouring island.

The lifeboat launched under Coxswain Aonghus O Hiarnain with four crew onboard to carry out the medical evacuation.

Weather conditions at the time were good with slight seas, clear skies and a south westerly force 4 wind blowing.

Arriving on scene, the crew received a handover from the island doctor before assisting the patient onboard the lifeboat where they were then safely transferred to Rossaveel and into the care of a waiting ambulance crew.

Speaking following the call out, Aonghus O Hiarnain, Aran Islands RNLI Coxswain said, “We would like to wish the casualty a speedy recovery from their injury and thank the island doctor and our colleagues in the ambulance service for responding and working with us to bring the patient safely ashore so they could get further treatment.”