Local person airlifted for lung transplant in Dublin


The Coast Guard helicopter landed at Buncrana’s GAA pitch on Sunday morning to airlift a patient to Dublin for transplant surgery.

Coast Guard helicopter lands in Buncrana for emergency patient transfer


An Inishowen patient was airlifted to Dublin at the weekend for potentially life-saving surgery.

The Coast Guard helicopter landed at the Scarvey GAA pitch in Buncrana at approximately 8am on Sunday morning to transfer the male patient to Beaumont Hospital for an emergency lung transplant.

The air evacuation was organised by the Lough Swilly RNLI and carried out by the Rescue 118 helicopter, which has taken part in the search for the crashed Rescue 116 helicopter and its crew.

Local RNLI spokesperson Joe Joyce says “everyone’s thoughts” are with the Coast Guard helicopter crewmembers during this difficult time.

He described Sunday’s medivac as a “complete success”.

Unfortunately however the Inishowen Independent has since learned that the man was not a match for the new lung and the transplant did not proceed.

Joe said the Coast Guard was tasked to make the air transfer because of the “critical time period” involved, given the emergency nature of the procedure.

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Donna Roddy