Larne RNLI celebrate newly qualified Coxswain on UK Volunteers week
Larne RNLI is made up of many volunteers from volunteer crew members answering the call when the pager sounds, to volunteer fundraisers who work tirelessly to raise vital funds for the charity.
Recently one of the volunteers, Barry Kirkpatrick, a local teacher, completed his assessments to qualify as an RNLI All weather Lifeboat Coxswain.
Larne RNLI Volunteer Barry Kirkpatrick said, ‘Being an RNLI volunteer is a big commitment but working alongside like-minded people, to help those in distress at sea, is very rewarding. It’s very much a team approach at Larne RNLI with a fantastic camaraderie within the crew.’
Speaking about the local volunteers, Larne RNLI Coxswain Frank Healy commented, ‘ Our crews train extensively across a broad spectrum to gain the skills and knowledge necessary to be a member of the Lifeboat crew. This means giving time and dedication to meet the requirements. This was realised recently when Barry, after long intensive and wide ranging training was passed out successfully as an all weather lifeboat coxswain. A great achievement for Barry who is a very valuable asset to Larne station.’
To celebrate the work of volunteers and the support the local community have provided, Larne RNLI are
RNLI media contacts
For information please contact Fiona Kirkpatrick Larne RNLI Volunteer Deputy Lifeboat Press Officer Tel: 077 3805 9405 email Fiona_Kirkpatrick@rnli.org.uk or Niamh Stephenson RNLI Public Relations Manager on 00 353 87 1254 124 email Niamh_Stephenson@rnli.org.uk or Nuala McAloon RNLI Press Officer Tel: 00 353 87 6483547 email Nuala_McAloon@rnli.org.uk
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.