Back to back medical evacuations by Aran Islands lifeboat

Galway Daily news Long weekend for Aran Islands RNLI with multiple rescues in rough seas
Aran Islands RNLI all-weather lifeboat. Photo: RNLI/Nicholas Leach

The Aran Islands RNLI lifeboat crews had a busy weekend on Sunday, with two callouts for medical evacuations within a few hours of each other.

The all-weather RNLI lifeboat was first called out at 3:42pm, in response to a request for a medical evacuation by the Coast Guard.

A young man on a day trip to Inis Oírr had suffered and arm injury in an accident. The volunteer crew under Coxswain Tommy Dirrane collected him at the island’s pier, and brought him to Ros a Mhíl harbour.

A second call later that evening, shortly before 8pm, in response to a patient on Inis Mór who was in need of further medical attention.

With the patient safety transferred aboard the lifeboat, the lifeboat launched under Coxswain John O’Donnell and a full crew.

Conditions at this time of launching were good, with calm seas and light winds, but a low dense fog which reduced visibility greatly.

Speaking after the call outs both Aran Islands RNLI Coxswains commended the speedy reaction time from the volunteer crew members to launch the lifeboat.

“Minutes can make all the difference and our crowd never let us down,” said Tommy Dirrane, adding “We would like to wish both patients a speedy recovery”.

“As we head into another fine weather spell, we would like to advise visitors to respect the water. If planning a trip to the beach or sea, never swim alone and always let someone know where you are going and when you are due back.”

“Always carry a means of calling with you in a waterproof pouch or bag and always wear a lifejacket at sea.”