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.
Due to concerns that the man might have suffered a spinal injury, the volunteer crew stretchered him onto the lifeboat and brought him to Burtonport. From there, an ambulance took him to a Coast Guard rescue helicopter at Dungloe Football Pitch and he was airlifted 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 Mc Cauley 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.”