Baltimore RNLI assist in medical evacuation from Heir Island

Baltimore RNLI assist in medical evacuation from Heir Island

Baltimore RNLI performed a medical evacuation this morning from Heir Island, off the coast of West Cork. Pic: Anne Minehane.

Baltimore RNLI performed a medical evacuation this morning from Heir Island, off the coast of West Cork.

The volunteer lifeboat crew of seven responded to an alert from the Irish Coast Guard to provide medical assistance and evacuation for a man living on the island.

The Baltimore all-weather lifeboat crew which consisted of coxswain Kieran Cotter, mechanic Micheal Cottrell along with crew members Aidan Bushe, Brendan Cottrell, Ronnie Carthy, Emma Lupton and Jerry Smith, arrived with two HSE paramedics at Heir Island pier at 9.32am. 

The voluntary lifeboat crew assisted the HSE paramedics with a stretcher transfer of the casualty from his home to the lifeboat. 

The lifeboat then departed Heir Island at 10.34am arriving back to the station in Baltimore at 10.50am.

Kate Callanan, Baltimore RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer was thrilled they were able to play their part in another rescue mission: "Baltimore RNLI often provide medical evacuations to residents or visitors to islands off the coast of West Cork. Today’s mission went well. 

"We were happy to play our part in a successful evacuation. We provide an invaluable service. It is available 24/7. The members are always on call. We cover a large area. We are fortunate to have the two boats. We also have a great community backing us which is vital.”

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