Sligo Bay RNLI catch a big one as popular annual seafood night raises €6,587
The volunteer crew of RNLI Sligo Bay served up another fish supper last Friday (6 October) to 200 guests at The Strand Bar in Strandhill. The seafood night raised an amazing €6,587, all of which will go towards training and equipping the station's volunteers to help save lives at sea.
This year, Starcrest Seafoods was the main sponsor for the night with some of their team accompanying the crew on the night.
Sligo Bay is celebrating 25 years of service in Rosses Point this year. Since 1998 till the end of 2022, volunteers have launches 420 times on service, with 368 people rescued, 28 of whom were lives saved. Over the years, the lifeboat crew have also brought deceased loved ones home to their families. The crew have spent 1,592 hours at sea on call outs, this excludes the twice weekly training that takes place throughout the year.
But, all of this would not be possible without the support and donations for which the team is extremely grateful.
Speaking after the seafood night organiser Mark Ballantine from Sligo Bay RNLI said: ‘The support that Sligo Bay RNLI received is just tremendous. I would like to thank Starcrest Seafood for their sponsorship this year and all our other sponsors - the Strand Bar for hosting and cooking for us, those who donated raffle prizes and all who turned out and supported our night. tickets sold out incredible fast this year. I am looking forward to next year already.'
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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