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Clifden RNLI assist man in long range medical evacuation

Lifeboats News Release

An island medical evacuation was carried out today (Monday 26 September) by the volunteer crew of Clifden RNLI on the Mersey class all-weather lifeboat Fisherman's Friend.

In calm seagoing conditions, the lifeboat was launched at 1.15pm to attend to a man who had experienced a fall on the island of Inishturk North.

On arrival at the pier in Inishturk, the casualty was taken aboard the all-weather lifeboat and transferred to Cleggan pier, where he was transferred to a waiting ambulance with the assistance of the Cleggan Coast Guard Unit.

Speaking following the call out, Clifden RNLI Coxswain Alan Pryce said: 'We were glad to be able to transfer this man safely to shore and we wish him a speedy recovery. The capability of the all-weather lifeboat in carrying out long range shouts such as this one, is reassuring both for us as volunteers and all those who live on and visit our offshore islands'.


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For more information, contact Catherine Pryce, Clifden RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer Catherine

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