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Skerries RNLI Seeks New Volunteer Crew Members

21st May 2016
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Skerries RNLI's inshore lifeboat Louis Simson Skerries RNLI's inshore lifeboat Louis Simson Photo: RNLI/Skerries

#RNLI - Skerries RNLI is looking for new volunteer crew members to join its search and rescue service in North Co Dublin.

The station currently has 18 lifeboat and three shore crew to cover its service on the north east coast of Dublin but is now calling on new volunteers to come forward and find out how they can get involved in helping the charity continue to save lives at sea.

Skerries RNLI has over 100 years' aggregate service and has been operating as an inshore lifeboat station for over 25 years. The current Atlantic 85 lifeboat – Louis Simson, placed on service 2013 – provides cover for part of the East Coast of Ireland.

Last year, the lifeboat in Skerries launched 10 times, bringing 16 people to safety. This week alone it launched twice, to rescue three swimmers caught in a rip current and a young man on a personal water craft with engine difficulties.

Niall McGrotty, Skerries RNLI lifeboat operations manager, is calling on any volunteers who may be interested to get in touch and find out more.

"We are looking for anyone aged 17 years and over, working or living in Skerries, who is willing to offer some of their free time to join what I believe to be, one of the most exhilarating and rewarding voluntary services that is out there.

"Ideally we are looking for volunteers with daytime availability. Every volunteer receives first-class training from the RNLI and learns new skills which can benefit them in many walks of life.

"Lifeboat crew members need to have a reasonable level of fitness, have good eyesight and not be colour blind. Anyone who would like to volunteer but feels they would not meet the requirements for lifeboat crew should in no way be put off, as shore crew also play an essential role in the launch and recovery of the lifeboat when it goes on service."

Anyone who feels they have the time and commitment to volunteer for the charity on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year is asked to contact the station at [email protected] or Niall McGrotty at 087 241 8967.

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MacDara Conroy

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