Achill Island RNLI was involved in the medical evacuation of a female patient from Clare Island this afternoon, following a request from the Irish Coast Guard.
The volunteer crew launched their all-weather lifeboat at 1.15pm under Coxswain Dave Curtis and with six crew members onboard.
It followed a request to assist the Irish Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 118 from Sligo, due to foggy weather conditions on the island at the time.
Weather conditions improved during the call out and the crew were able to secure a zone for the helicopter to successfully land and take the patient onboard the aircraft. The patient was then transferred to Mayo University Hospital and the all-weather lifeboat, The Sam and Ada Moody, and her crew returned to Achill Island at 3pm.
Speaking following the call out, Dave Curtis, Coxswain said: ‘This is another example of good inter-agency teamwork between our colleagues in the Irish Coast Guard and our volunteer crew. We wish the patient well for a speedy recovery.’