Double bank holiday medical evacuation for Aran Islands RNLI

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Galway Daily news Double bank holiday medical evacuation for Aran Islands RNLI
Photo: Aran Islands RNLI

Not everyone had a relaxing bank holiday weekend, as the Aran Islands lifeboat was called out for a double medical evacuation from Inis Mór.

Shortly after 2pm on Sunday, the RNLI were called out by the Coast Guard in response to two people in need of medical attention.

Both of the casualties were visitors to the island, one had taken ill while the other had sustained an injury in a biking accident.

Both patients were transferred safely aboard the lifeboat at the pontoon at Kilronan Harbour, by the volunteer lifeboat crew and the local fire brigade crew.

Once all were safely aboard the lifeboat, it launched under Coxswain Tommy Dirrane and a full volunteer crew and headed straight for Rossaveal Harbour and the waiting ambulance.

Weather conditions at the time of launching were good, with calm seas, good visibility and a light westerly breeze.

Speaking after the call out, Aran Islands RNLI Coxswain Tommy Dirrane said, “The volunteer crew, on a Bank Holiday weekend showed up without hesitation. We wish both patients a speedy recovery.”

“As we head into the summer months, we would encourage anyone planning a trip to sea, to please heed all safety advice when heading to the coast.”