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Lough Ree RNLI volunteers train with Sligo based Irish Coast Guard helicopter

Lifeboats News Release

Volunteers from Lough Ree RNLI had a successful training exercise with the Sligo based Irish Coast Guard helicopter, Rescue 118 today (Sunday 11 June).

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Lough Ree RNLI Crew L-R: D. Delaney, S. McMicken, L. Sherringham, F. Magliocco, T. Bradbury, S. McCormack, K. Scullion & son, R. West, D. Begley, E Deveraux, V. Rafter, T. Diskin, K. Sloyan, T. McCarth, D. Heraghty, B. Larkin.

The lifeboat and helicopter crews came together for a joint training exercise at Lough Ree Yacht Club.

Weather conditions were windy during the exercise with a force 4 up to 6 wind with frequent rain showers blowing through.

On arrival, Rescue 118 landed at the yacht club grounds where the pilot and crew briefed the crew from Lough Ree RNLI after which they invited the RNLI crew, family members and yacht club members to have a tour of the helicopter.

The exercise got underway with the lifeboat crew members being winched between their inshore lifeboat, The Eric Rowse and the helicopter. The strong winds enabled easier hovering for the helicopter, and provided the lifeboat crew with an invaluable experience.

Speaking following the exercise Sarah Bradbury, Lough Ree RNLI Volunteer Deputy Lifeboat Press Officer said: ‘Joint training exercises such as today’s allows our crews to develop their skills, work with and share learning experiences with our colleagues in the Irish Coast Guard and most importantly prepare for working effectively with each other when the time comes and we need to help someone in need.’

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