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Arklow RNLI Coxswain Ned Dillon appears on TV3’s Ireland:AM

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Nuala McAloon
Press Officer - Ireland

Start quoteThey might lose their boat or their windsurf or something like that but at least if we can get them home safe they can tell their tale of woe instead of you telling it to someone else. Boats can be replaced and people can’t, that’s the bottom lineEnd quote

Lifeboats News Release

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  • Author: Nuala McAloon

Ned Dillon, Coxswain at Arklow RNLI, appeared on TV3’s Ireland:AM this morning (Monday 10 December) to promote a Christmas documentary special which features the work of the charity and its volunteers in saving lives at sea.

‘Unsung Heroes at Christmas’ is a tribute to the many individuals, charities and organisations across Ireland that help others in their time of need.

The programme will be first shown at 8pm next Friday, 21 December and will be repeated at 8pm on Sunday, 23 December.

Ireland:AM used this morning’s annual charity show to highlight the amazing work being done right across the country for those in need.

During a promotional clip of the upcoming Christmas special, Ned, who has been on the crew in Arklow for 20 years, and who has been Coxswain of the station’s all-weather Trent class lifeboat since 1996, explained why he joined the RNLI.

‘I was at sea as a trawler man for years,’ he said. ‘I was always happy in the knowledge that when I was out there the RNLI was there - if God forbid something happened us - to come and assist us. So I decided I’d sign up and give something back and here 20 years later, I am still giving it back. I wouldn’t be without it’.

Interviewed by Ireland:AM’s Sinead Desmond and Mark Cagney, Ned described the type of callouts the RNLI responds to and how the charity relies on the generosity of the public’s donations to carry out its lifesaving work.

He explained how everything stops for a crew member when the pager goes off and how they then make their way to the lifeboat station to respond to an emergency situation. He spoke of the commitment of RNLI volunteers, the understanding of their employers and the constant support that is provided by the crew’s families.

Ned said it was rewarding for the RNLI’s crews when they could bring those who find themselves in difficulty at sea, safely to shore.

‘We do have some (callouts) where it is very, very serious. People are in grave danger and wouldn’t be back without us. They might lose their boat or their windsurf or something like that but at least if we can get them home safe they can tell their tale of woe instead of you telling it to someone else. Boats can be replaced and people can’t, that’s the bottom line’.

To see Ned's interview on Ireland:AM click on the following link http://www.tv3.ie/ireland_am.php?video=56847&locID=1.65.74


RNLI media contacts
For more information please contact Nuala McAloon RNLI Press Officer on 087 648 3547 or email Nuala_McAloon@rnli.org.uk or Niamh Stephenson RNLI Public Relations Manager on 087 1254 124 or 01 8900 460 email Niamh_Stephenson@rnli.org.uk

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