Arranmore RNLI responds to four call outs in two days
Arranmore RNLI's volunteer crew had a busy weekend responding to four call outs in two days.
Their first call was on Friday evening (28 April) at 10.20pm to transport the NOWDOC doctor on call to the island to visit a patient.
This was followed by three further calls on Saturday and Sunday (30 April and 1 May).
At 8.48pm on Saturday evening, the lifeboat had a further call to transport the NOWDOC doctor on call to Arranmore.
On Sunday morning at 1am and again at 5am the lifeboat was called upon to assist with two medical evacuations from the island.
Established in 1883, Arranmore RNLI has saved many lives at sea and provides essential emergency services to Arranmore and the adjacent islands.
Coxswain Frankie Bonner said: 'We are really happy and committed to provide this service to people in trouble on the sea and of course our island communities.'
Arranmore RNLI's voluntary fundraising committee have also been busy over the last two weeks raising funds for the lifeboats as part of the Mayday campaign.
They held a cake sale on Easter Sunday which raised €706 and on Sunday (1 May) organised a car wash. Jean Pierre and Marie Benedict have been involved in raising funds for the Arranmore RNLI since taking up permanent residence on the island along with their two sons.
Speaking to Marie and Jean Pierre at the car wash, both have expressed their delight with island living and all the services available. Jean Pierre who is from Strasbourg, France and American Marie said: 'We moved to Dublin in 2001 where both our sons were born and wanted to eventually settle on an island. After much research we found Arranmore, the island has all the services we needed and wanted and it is great to be be able to contribute to the community and be involved with the RNLI.'
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 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and 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.
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