Kilmore Quay RNLI Station Mechanic retires after 50 years service
Station mechanic at Kilmore Quay RNLI, Brian Kehoe, retires from his position as full time station Mechanic/Coxswain after serving over 50 years with the RNLI both as a volunteer for 25 years and as RNLI employee for over 25 years.
Brian Kehoe (Snr) went afloat for his last exercise on Tuesday (31 December 2019) as station mechanic. Brian was joined by crew from the flanking lifeboats stations of Rosslare Harbour, Fethard-on-Sea and Dunmore East. Kilmore Quay Coast Guard was also on hand while Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 117 joined the exercise and Brian was winched from the lifeboat onboard the search and rescue helicopter.
Back ashore after the exercise Brian’s family gathered at the harbour for some photos and the people of the village came to wish him a happy retirement.
An official night to mark Brian’s retirement will take place at Coast Hotel Kilmore Quay on Saturday 25th January 2020, all are welcome to attend. All at Kilmore Quay Lifeboat Station wish Brian & Theresa a long and healthy retirement.
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.