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Carrybridge RNLI’s New Inshore Atlantic 85 Class Lifeboat Named on Upper Lough Erne

9th June 2018
The new inshore lifeboat pictured with hew crew which is now located at Carrybridge and which has launched 13 times since going on service, was officially named Douglas, Euan & Kay Richards The new inshore lifeboat pictured with hew crew which is now located at Carrybridge and which has launched 13 times since going on service, was officially named Douglas, Euan & Kay Richards Photo: Nicholas Leach

At a special naming ceremony and service of dedication held today (Saturday 9 June), Carrybridge RNLI officially named its new Atlantic 85 class lifeboat, Douglas, Euan & Kay Richards, at the lifeboat station on Upper Lough Erne. 

The honour of handing over the lifeboat and officially naming her went to Dr Barbara Stewart who represented the donor, and to Kay, one of Dr Stewart’s three children who the lifeboat is named after.

The lifeboat which went on service last November was funded by The John and Elizabeth Allan Memorial Trust.

The inshore lifeboat which is now located at Carrybridge and which has launched 13 times since going on service, was officially named Douglas, Euan & Kay Richards.

During the naming ceremony, Christopher Brooke, member of the RNLI Council of Ireland, accepted the lifeboat on behalf of the charity, before handing her over into the care of Carrybridge Lifeboat Station. Sam McCreery, Station President, accepted the lifeboat on behalf of the crew. 

Mr McCreery said the event was a proud day for the lifeboat station adding that the crew were most grateful to The John and Elizabeth Memorial Trust for the generous gift which had funded the lifeboat.

On accepting the new lifeboat, Mr McCreery acknowledged the service of the station’s outgoing Atlantic 75 class lifeboat Duckhams 2001, which while on service at Carrybridge RNLI launched 64 times and brought 113 people to safety.

‘While we’re sad to say farewell to Duckhams 2001, the Atlantic 75, which has served the station faithfully for two and a half years,’ he said, we look forward to writing a new chapter in the station’s history with the arrival of this new B class Atlantic lifeboat. 

Looking forward, Mr McCreery explained that the new lifeboat, an Atlantic 85, was the third generation B class lifeboat to be built, capable of speeds up to 35 knots. Fast, manoeuvrable, agile and versatile, it came with all the qualities of its predecessors but more.

He went on to explain how the lifeboat was ideally suited to rescues close to the shore and could withstand challenging conditions on inland waterways such as Lough Erne, making it an exemplary search and rescue craft.

The Atlantic 85, he told those gathered, had quicker response times, more space for casualty recovery and was able to carry an extra crew member. 

‘The Atlantic 85,’ he said, ‘along with the Rescue Water Craft will be well suited to the waters of Upper Lough Erne because of the complex maize of islands which it will have to navigate using state of the art navigation equipment. Its range of cover from Belturbet to Enniskillen is a total of 26 miles.

‘This B class Atlantic 85 lifeboat means that we now have the latest and finest rescue equipment available. I know that when the crew head out on the water for training or on a shout, we’ll all have peace of mind that this lifeboat will help to keep them safe.’

The service of dedication that followed was led by Canon Mark Watson. The lifeboat was then officially named by Dr Barbara Stewart and her daughter Kay.

A crowd of well-wishers turned up to see the lifeboat officially named with a bottle of champagne poured over the side of the boat before it launched at the end of the ceremony. 

Among the guests on the platform party were Tom Bailey, Carrybridge RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager, who welcomed guests and opened proceedings, Dr Barbara Stewart, donor representative who handed the lifeboat into the care of the RNLI, Christopher Brooke, member of the RNLI Council of Ireland who accepted the lifeboat on behalf of the RNLI and handed it over into the care of Carrybridge Lifeboat Station, Sam McCreery, Station President who accepted the lifeboat on behalf of the crew, Canon Mark Watson, and Kay Richards who along with her mother Dr Barbara Stewart, formally named the lifeboat, and Archie Birrell, Chair of the Lough Erne Fundraising Group who delivered a vote of thanks and closed the ceremony.

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Royal National Lifeboat Institute (RNLI) in Ireland Information

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is a charity to save lives at sea in the waters of UK and Ireland. Funded principally by legacies and donations, the RNLI operates a fleet of lifeboats, crewed by volunteers, based at a range of coastal and inland waters stations. Working closely with UK and Ireland Coastguards, RNLI crews are available to launch at short notice to assist people and vessels in difficulties.

RNLI was founded in 1824 and is based in Poole, Dorset. The organisation raised €210m in funds in 2019, spending €200m on lifesaving activities and water safety education. RNLI also provides a beach lifeguard service in the UK and has recently developed an International drowning prevention strategy, partnering with other organisations and governments to make drowning prevention a global priority.

Irish Lifeboat Stations

There are 46 lifeboat stations on the island of Ireland, with an operational base in Swords, Co Dublin. Irish RNLI crews are tasked through a paging system instigated by the Irish Coast Guard which can task a range of rescue resources depending on the nature of the emergency.

Famous Irish Lifeboat Rescues

Irish Lifeboats have participated in many rescues, perhaps the most famous of which was the rescue of the crew of the Daunt Rock lightship off Cork Harbour by the Ballycotton lifeboat in 1936. Spending almost 50 hours at sea, the lifeboat stood by the drifting lightship until the proximity to the Daunt Rock forced the coxswain to get alongside and successfully rescue the lightship's crew.

32 Irish lifeboat crew have been lost in rescue missions, including the 15 crew of the Kingstown (now Dun Laoghaire) lifeboat which capsized while attempting to rescue the crew of the SS Palme on Christmas Eve 1895.

FAQs

While the number of callouts to lifeboat stations varies from year to year, Howth Lifeboat station has aggregated more 'shouts' in recent years than other stations, averaging just over 60 a year.

Stations with an offshore lifeboat have a full-time mechanic, while some have a full-time coxswain. However, most lifeboat crews are volunteers.

There are 46 lifeboat stations on the island of Ireland

32 Irish lifeboat crew have been lost in rescue missions, including the 15 crew of the Kingstown (now Dun Laoghaire) lifeboat which capsized while attempting to rescue the crew of the SS Palme on Christmas Eve 1895

In 2019, 8,941 lifeboat launches saved 342 lives across the RNLI fleet.

The Irish fleet is a mixture of inshore and all-weather (offshore) craft. The offshore lifeboats, which range from 17m to 12m in length are either moored afloat, launched down a slipway or are towed into the sea on a trailer and launched. The inshore boats are either rigid or non-rigid inflatables.

The Irish Coast Guard in the Republic of Ireland or the UK Coastguard in Northern Ireland task lifeboats when an emergency call is received, through any of the recognised systems. These include 999/112 phone calls, Mayday/PanPan calls on VHF, a signal from an emergency position indicating radio beacon (EPIRB) or distress signals.

The Irish Coast Guard is the government agency responsible for the response to, and co-ordination of, maritime accidents which require search and rescue operations. To carry out their task the Coast Guard calls on their own resources – Coast Guard units manned by volunteers and contracted helicopters, as well as "declared resources" - RNLI lifeboats and crews. While lifeboats conduct the operation, the coordination is provided by the Coast Guard.

A lifeboat coxswain (pronounced cox'n) is the skipper or master of the lifeboat.

RNLI Lifeboat crews are required to follow a particular development plan that covers a pre-agreed range of skills necessary to complete particular tasks. These skills and tasks form part of the competence-based training that is delivered both locally and at the RNLI's Lifeboat College in Poole, Dorset

 

While the RNLI is dependent on donations and legacies for funding, they also need volunteer crew and fund-raisers.

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