Aran Islands RNLI

  • The Aran Islands RNLI crew was launched this morning to come to the assistance of two people on board a yacht that had run into difficulties.

    The volunteer crew were requested to launch their all-weather lifeboat at 7.27am by the Irish Coast Guard.

    They headed straight for the 38ft yacht that had got tangled in lobster pots off Gorumna Island in the North Sound. 

    Weather conditions were choppy with moderate seas.

     Once on the scene, the lifeboat crew established contact with the two people aboard the yacht, and found that a local fisherman in the area had freed the yacht from the tangled lobster pots. 

     The lifeboat then escorted the yacht, which was under sail, as far as the mouth of Kilronan Harbour where a tow line between the lifeboat and yacht was established as it was having steering issues. The lifeboat guided the yacht alongside the pier in Kilronan Harbour.  

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • The Aran Islands RNLI carried out a medical evacuation this morning during Storm Lorenzo.

    The volunteer crew were asked to launch their all-weather Severn class lifeboat at 9.51am today at the request of the Irish Coast Guard.

    A woman on Inis Meain had sustained an injury from an earlier fall and required further medical attention.

     The lifeboat headed straight for Inis Meain in rough seas and took the patient abroad before heading for Rossaveal Harbour where the woman was handed over to a waiting ambulance crew.

     Aran Islands RNLI Coxswain John O’Donnell said the conditions at sea this morning were really challenging, and as Storm Lorenzo continues, he's reminding people of the Coastguard message to Stay Back – Stay Dry – Stay High.

     

     

  • The Aran Islands RNLI volunteer crew was called out on Saturday evening last, to come to the aid of a sailor whose yacht got into difficulty.

    The all-weather lifeboat was launched at about 5.30pm Saturday evening, as a yacht with one person onboard experienced engine difficulty north-east of Straw Island.

    Once alongside the yacht, the lifeboat crew established a tow line and towed the yacht back to Kilronan Harbour.

    Aran Islands RNLI coxswain Tommy Dirrane is urging anyone planning a trip at sea to always wear a lifejacket, carry a mobile phone or means of communication, and let someone ashore know where you're going and when you're due back.