Aran Islands responded to two medical evacuations yesterday evening.

The volunteer crew members were asked to launch their all-weather Severn class lifeboat “David Kirkaldy, at 4.50pm by the Irish Coast Guard.

An elderly man on the neighbouring Island of Inis Meain had sustained an injury from an earlier fall and required further medical attention.

Weather conditions at the time of launching were choppy.

Once the patient was transferred safely aboard and under the supervision of the volunteer crew members, the lifeboat headed straight for Rossaveal harbour and the awaiting ambulance.

The volunteer crew members were then asked to launch their lifeboat at 11.05pm last night by the Irish Coast Guard as a sick man on Inis Mór required further medical attention.

The lifeboat launched under Coxswain John O'Donnell and a full crew once again. 

Conditions were again choppy at sea, with a 2m swell and a west to south westerly force 6-8 wind.

With the patient safely aboard the lifeboat and under the supervision of the volunteer crew members, the lifeboat made her way to Rossaveal harbour and the awaiting ambulance for transfer. 

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