International podcast series features Lough Derg RNLI helm
The two sides of a rescue are captured by Eleanor Hooker, a volunteer at Lough Derg RNLI, in Float to Live which becomes available on the RNLI 200 Voices platform on Thursday 12 October.
Eleanor, a poet, is also a helm and Lifeboat Press Officer at Lough Derg RNLI. Commissioned to write a poem to mark the charity’s bicentenary next year she called on her own experience as a volunteer with the charity but also as someone who had been rescued by the RNLI
In the podcast she describes, in stark terms, how a storm blew up during a sailing event on Lough Derg and she and a fellow sailor were rescued after their boat capsized.
The poem ‘Float to Live’ mirrors the RNLI safety message for those who may get into difficulty on the water and the poet says looks at ‘the calm side of the rescue.’
Among the episodes from Ireland already available to listen to on the RNLI 200 Voices podcast are:
· Niamh Fitzpatrick Remembers One of Our Own, a personal reflection on how after losing her sister Dara at sea, Niamh talks about how much the RNLI means to her.
· Fr. Tom Dalton, a Courtown RNLI crew member where the Co. Wexford priest describes what is like when rescue turns into recovery in Pulling Together.
· In The Calm Before Force 10 Baltimore RNLI’s Kieran Cotter remembers an event that was to change yacht racing forever, the 1979 Fastnet tragedy the fateful call out and the response to the disaster.
· Storms & Teacups, former President Mary McAleese reflects on the role of RNLI in the community
· The challenge of saving lives in a remote place is the theme of Outer Limits by Aran Islands doctor Marion Broderick.
The unique podcast series will hear from people connected to the RNLI in Ireland and those whose lives have been touched by the lifesaving charity. Hear from locals with a special kinship to their lifeboat station, a crew member who’s been on service for a generation, or the family of someone rescued by an RNLI frontline lifesaver – each episode is sure to take the listener on a journey through a touching story.
Later in the autumn the series will also hear from celebrity ambassadors including musician Phil Coulter on his writing of the RNLI anthem ‘Home from the Sea’.
Available across all podcast platforms and the RNLI’s website, listeners can hear from survivors, supporters, volunteers, lifeguards, celebrity ambassadors, historians and many more from across Wales, England, Scotland Ireland and beyond.
Launch into a podcast like no other: Listen to the RNLI’s 200 Voices daily, wherever you get your podcasts or at RNLI.org/200Voices.
To find out more about the RNLI’s bicentenary, visit www.RNLI.org/200.
Notes to Editor:
· Episode attached for preview.
· Pictures attached.
· An RNLI spokesperson is available for interviews.
· Find out more about the RNLI’s bicentenary at RNLI.org/200
RNLI media contacts
To arrange an interview or for more information about the 200 Voices podcast series, contact Tom McGuire, RNLI Regional Media Officer, on [email protected] or 00 353 874 764 436
Alternatively you can contact the RNLI Press Office on [email protected] or 00 441202 336789.
For more information on the RNLI please visit rnli.org. News releases and other media resources, including RSS feeds, downloadable photos and video, are available at the RNLI News Centre rnli.org/news-and-media.
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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 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 142,200 lives.
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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