THE lifeboat crew at Arranmore RNLI was called to Ederinis Island off the coast of Burtonport at 12.45pm today to assist in the evacuation of a man who fell from the roof of a house on the island.
On arrival at Ederinis the volunteer lifeboat crew rendered the injured man first aid and then stretchered the casualty onto the lifeboat.
The lifeboat then proceeded to Burtonport to await an ambulance to transfer him to Dungloe Football Pitch where he was airlifted by the Coast Guard helicopter to Letterkenny General Hospital.
Arranmore RNLI lifeboat crew are experiencing one of their busiest summer seasons with calls for assistance from boats and swimmers in trouble to assisting and preparing casualties and sick people from the various islands for evacuation to hospital.
Arranmore RNLI lifeboat mechanic Philip McCauley said: “The work we do on the lifeboat is so wide and varied that there is no time to get bored and this summer we have been really busy. That is the nature of the business we’re in and we are here to save lives at sea and assist those in trouble every day, all year round.”
JIMMY Early has taken over as Coxswain of the Arranmore RNLI all-weather lifeboat following 41 years of service.