Would you volunteer within your community? Carrybridge RNLI seeks new recruits

Lifeboats News Release

Carrybridge RNLI is looking for new volunteer crew members to join its search and rescue service on Lough Erne.

Douglas Euan & Kay Richards

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Douglas Euan & Kay Richards

The station is now calling on new volunteers to come forward and find out how they can get involved in helping the charity continue to save lives at sea and on inland waterways. To that end, the station will be hosting an open evening later this month for all interested candidates to learn more. Come and meet us at 7.00pm on Thursday 21 November at Carrybridge Lifeboat Station.

Carrybridge RNLI was established in 2002 due to the increase in pleasure boating activity on Lough Erne. In October 2015, a new station was officially opened and a larger Atlantic 85 lifeboat was placed on service in November 2017, to replace the older Atlantic 75 and to join the existing Rescue Water Craft.

This year to date the lifeboat, Douglas Euan and Kay Richards, and Rescue Water Craft have launched 41 times on service in addition to our weekly training exercises.

Now, Stephen Scott, Carrybridge RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager is calling on any volunteers who may be interested to come along to the station on its open evening and find out more: ‘We are looking for anyone aged 17 years and over who is willing to offer some of their free time to join what I believe to be, one of the most exhilarating and rewarding voluntary services that is out there. While experience on the water is helpful every volunteer receives first class training from the RNLI and learns new skills which can benefit them in many walks of life. Lifeboat crew members need to have a reasonable level of fitness.’

For anyone who feels they have the time and commitment to volunteer for the charity which is on call 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, is asked to email Stephen at stephen_scott@rnli.org.uk.

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Notes to editors

  • Carrybridge Lifeboat Station was started in 2002 on Upper Lough Erne. It currently operates an Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat and a Rescue Water Craft.
  • Please find attached photographs. All images are copy write of Carrybridge RNLI

RNLI media contacts

For more information please telephone Stephen Scott, Carrybridge RNLI Volunteer Deputy Lifeboat Press Officer on 07786228968, email Stephen_Scott@rnli.org.uk or Chris Cathcart, Carrybridge RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07595895908, email Chris_Cathcart@rnli.org.uk or contact Nuala McAloon RNLI Regional Media Officer Ireland on 00353876483547 or email Nuala_McAloon@rnli.org.uk or Niamh Stephenson RNLI Regional Media Manager Ireland on 00353871254124 or Niamh_Stephenson@rnli.org.uk

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