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Baltimore RNLI called out for a medical evacuation from Cape Clear Island

Lifeboats News Release

Baltimore RNLI carried out a medical evacuation this morning (Monday 21 May) from Cape Clear Island off the coast of West Cork.

RNLI/Micheal Cottrell

Baltimore all-weather lifeboat

The volunteer lifeboat crew was asked to launch their all-weather lifeboat following a request from the Irish Coast Guard at 7.53am to provide medical assistance and evacuation to a man living on the island.

The all-weather lifeboat arrived in Cape Clear at 8.25am and the casualty was transferred to the care of the volunteer crew onboard. The lifeboat then returned to Baltimore lifeboat station at 8.55am and handed the casualty over to the care of HSE Ambulance crew once they arrived at the station. Conditions at sea during the shout were flat calm with a north-easterly force 3 wind.

There were seven volunteer crew onboard the lifeboat, Coxswain Aidan Bushe, Mechanic Cathal Cottrell and crew members Brendan Cottrell, Micheal Cottrell, Jerry Smith, Emma Lupton and Don O’Donovan. Kieran Cotter provided shore crew assistance at the lifeboat house.

Speaking following the call out, Kate Callanan, Baltimore RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer said: ‘Baltimore lifeboat regularly provides medical assistance and transfers for people living, working or holidaying on the islands. This call is the third medical evacuation for Baltimore RNLI in the past two weeks. Always remember, if you find yourself at sea or on an island in need of medical assistance, call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard.’

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For more information please contact Kate Callanan Baltimore RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer Tel: 087 290 6607

Niamh Stephenson RNLI Regional Media Manager Tel: 087 1254 124 / 01 8900 460 email Niamh_Stephenson@rnli.org or Nuala McAloon RNLI Regional Media Officer Tel: 087 6483547 email: Nuala_McAloon@rnli.org

RNLI/Kate Callanan

File image of HSE Ambulance at Baltimore lifeboat

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