Achill Island RNLI had their first call out of the year last night, carrying out a medical evacuation off Clare Island.

The Irish Coast Guard called to medivac a casualty who had sustained an arm injury.

The request came to launch the all-weather life boat just before 9:00pm.

Under Coxswain Patrick McNamara, six crew members embarked under poor visibility given the time of night.

Upon arrival, the crew assisted the casualty onto the lifeboat where they then safely transferred to Roonagh.

Speaking following the call out, Michael Cattigan, Achill Island RNLI mechanic who was on the lifeboat said:

‘This was the first call out of the year for the station and we were delighted to be able to help. We wish the patient a speedy recovery.

‘As we approach the Easter weekend and start to enjoy the longer evenings, we also want to remind anyone planning a trip or activity at sea, to enjoy themselves but to respect the water.

'Always wear a lifejacket or suitable flotation device and always carry a means of calling for help.

'If going out on a boat, check your engine in advance and make sure you have enough fuel for your trip.

'Always check the weather and tide times before venturing out and make sure someone on the shore knows where you are going and when you are due back.

Should you get into difficulty or see someone else in trouble, call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard.’


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