Achill Island lifeboat station is located in an area of magnificent coastal scenery, with the highest cliffs in Ireland. Celebrating 10 years as a lifeboat station, Achill Island lifeboat crews have received eight awards for gallantry.
This station is classed as an Observe station. Observe stations also welcome visitors but many are in inaccessible places and best suited to maritime rescue rather than visits. However, they are situated in stunning locations so why not enjoy the local area, using the station as a starting point?
A coast to coast cycle starting in England and finishing up in county Mayo next month will raise funds for Achill Island RNLI.
Lifeboat crew with Achill Island RNLI returned home in the early hours of this morning (Friday 20 September) after a marathon callout to a fishing vessel 54 miles west of Achill Island off the Mayo coast.
Achill Island RNLI was tasked to assist a young woman in distress off the cliffs of Old Head in Louisburgh, County Mayo, at around 4 pm on Wednesday (28 August).
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Achill Island Lifeboat StationCloghmoreCo MayoRepublic of Ireland
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Specific crew member details for this lifeboat station are not available here at the moment.
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Lifeboat name: Sam and Ada Moody
Lifeboat class: Trent
Funded by: bequest of Ada Moody
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Following a review of lifeboat cover in the Clew Bay area of County Mayo it was resolved at a meeting of the Executive Committee held on 22 November 1995 that an all weather lifeboat station be established at Kildavnet, in the southern part of Achill Sound for 12 months evaluation.
Clew Bay lies 50 miles by sea to the south of the all weather lifeboat station at Ballyglass and 50 miles by sea to the north of Aran Islands (formerly Galway Bay) all weather lifeboat station.
1996In order to provide the station with suitable crew facilities during the evaluation period, a portacabin and a storage container were sited at Kildavnet during June/July and temporary lifeboat, Waveney class, ON1027 Helen Turnball was placed on service.
1997Arun class lifeboat placed on service on 26 January.
1999Silver Medal awarded to Coxswain Brian Patten, and Letters of Thanks signed by the Chairman of the Institution Mr David Ackland awarded to the crew for the rescue of three men and the fishing vessel Carrigeen Bay that had engine failure and was drifting rapidly onto rocks in a Force 9 Strong Gale and 22ft swells on 27 February 1999. Despite appalling conditions a tow was established and although this parted on several occasions and with the sea breaking over both vessels the Carrigeen Bay was towed to the shelter of Calre Island. The award of the Silver Medal, voted by the Committee of Management on 15 September 1999 was uniquely announced at the end of the naming ceremony of ON1240 on 18 September 1999.
2000James Michael Bower Endowment Fund Award for 1999 awarded to Brian Patten, as one of the two Silver Medal awardees of 1999.
2004A new B class boathouse completed in February at a cost of £600,550.
2005A special framed certificate signed by Surgeon Rear Admiral F Golden and the Chief Executive presented to Crew Members David Curtis and Arthur Knipe, and also Doctor Patrick Lineen in recognition of the compassion and exemplary first aid rendered to a seriously injured woman who was in a perilous position on a narrow pier wall. The assistance was given in darkness during the night of 9 April 2005.
MEDAL RECORDSilver medal awarded 1999
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