Clifden RNLI lifeboat called to assist with medical evacuation

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Galway Daily news Clifden RNLI lifeboat called to assist with medical evacuation
Photo: RNLI/Mella Walsh

The Clifden RNLI lifeboat was called out to assist with a medical evacuation from Inishbofin over the weekend, as the foggy weather prompted concerns.

The Shannon Class lifeboat was called out on the morning of Good Friday, at 11:30am, at the request of the Coast Guard.

A casualty needed to be evacuated to the mainland, and there were concerns that the weather might worsen.

The weather was quite foggy so the crew stood by to assist the Sligo-based Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 118 in case conditions and visibility deteriorated. 

However, the casualty was successfully airlifted by Rescue 118 and brought to University Hospital Galway for treatment.

Coxswain Alan Pryce said, “In Clifden RNLI we are always happy to provide support and assistance to our local island communities”.

“A medical evacuation is a time critical event and we will always do what we can to ensure a successful outcome.”

“I’d like to thank the crew for their rapid response time and wish the casualty well.”