RNLI crew tasked to medical evacuation from West Cork island

RNLI crew tasked to medical evacuation from West Cork island
Baltimore RNLI all-weather lifeboat

Crew from the Baltimore RNLI were tasked to bring a casualty from Sherkin Island to the mainland last night.

The volunteer lifeboat crew launched their all-weather lifeboat at 7.49pm, following a request from the Irish Coast Guard to provide medical assistance and evacuation to an islander living on Sherkin.

The Baltimore all-weather lifeboat arrived at Sherkin Island pier within a few minutes of launching and immediately went to assist with transfer and casualty care.

The crew departed the island at 8.58pm and returned to the station in Baltimore before handing the casualty over to the care of HSE Ambulance crew at 9.10pm.

There were five volunteer crew onboard the lifeboat, Coxswain Kieran Cotter, Mechanic Cathal Cottrell and crew members Sean McCarthy, Jerry Smith and Emma Lupton.

Speaking following the call out, Kate Callanan, Baltimore RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer said: "Baltimore RNLI regularly provides the vital service of medical evacuations (medevacs) for residents and visitors to local islands such as Sherkin, Cape Clear and Heir. If you find yourself in need of medical assistance, call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard."

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