First Open Day at Lough Ree RNLI boathouse
Lough Ree RNLI celebrates the first anniversary of its new €1.2m boathouse with an open day for members of the public on Saturday next 10 June at Coosan Point, Athlone, Co. Westmeath.
Ever present on the lake since 2012 the charity and its volunteers have assisted more than 1,500 people in over 500 call-outs over the past 11 years. Today more than 40 volunteers make up the response team at Lough Ree RNLI.
Starting at 11am next Saturday (10 June) the public will have an opportunity to visit and explore the new facility including the state of the art boathall, crew room and the Paul Browne Room, a training room named in memory of Lough Ree RNLI’s first station mechanic.
Volunteer boat crew will also be on hand to demonstrate the launch and display the ‘on the water’ capabilities of the charity’s Atlantic B Class lifeboat the ‘Tara Scougall’. The ‘on call’ crew will also be on standby to respond to any call-out in the course of the afternoon.
Lough Ree RNLI volunteer Operations Manger Kevin Ganly says: ‘we are looking forward to welcoming the public to the boathouse on Saturday, it is a way of showing our appreciation of the generous support the charity has received from the public in the midlands and beyond over the years.’
Visitors will have an opportunity to purchase RNLI merchandise from the charity’s shop in the station and light refreshements will be served. The open day concludes at 4pm.
On the water the June Bank Holiday was another busy one for Lough Ree RNLI.
On Sunday afternoon (4 June) the volunteer crew responded to a call for assistance to a private cruiser with six people on board which had ran aground on the Hexagon Shoal. Under helm Liam Sheringham, the lifeboat crew arrived on the scene just after 3pm. Following an assessment of the scene it was found that the boat was taking on water and it was decided not to attempt to tow the vessel off the rocks. The volunteer lifeboat crew transferred the 6 people and their 2 dogs on to the ‘Tara Scougall’ and brought them to shore at Leveret Island.
On Friday (2 June) just after midday the Lough Ree RNLI crew was part of a multi-agency response team, along with Gardai and the HSE Ambulance service who stabalised and transferred a casualty with a broken leg from a cruiser at Strand Quay to a waiting ambulance. The casualty, a visitor from Germany, was taken to Portiuncula Hospital, Ballinasloe where she was admitted for treatment.
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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