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RNLI receives Irish Water Safety Community and Social Responsibility award

Lifeboats News Release

The RNLI in Ireland has received a Community & Social Responsibility award from Irish Water Safety in recognition of the charity’s efforts to reduce drowning through rescue and for its ongoing work in drowning prevention.

Irish Water Safety

Kevin Rahill, RNLI Communty Safety partner, centre, collecting the award on behalf of the RNLI

The RNLI partners with Irish Water Safety on a number of projects, most recently an analysis of drownings around the Irish coast, and as part of the Marine Safety Working Group.

In recognising the RNLI’s work, Irish Water Safety said: ‘We are grateful for their efforts in rescuing people from dangers and helping to reduce drownings.’

Kevin Rahill, RNLI Community Safety Partner, collected the award on behalf of the RNLI at Irish Water Safety’s national annual awards ceremony in Dublin Castle.

The RNLI was one of 17 organisations honoured with the award this year plus a further 18 organisations who are members of

Pictured from left are Roger Sweeney, Irish Water Safety, Kevin Rahill, RNLI Community Safety Partner and Seán Canney TD, Minister of State for Community Development, Natural Resources and Digital Development at the Department of Rural and Community Development.


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Key facts about the RNLI

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

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The RNLI is a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Charity number 20003326 in the Republic of Ireland