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#LIFEBOAT – The crew of the RNLI lifeboat station at Dun Laoghaire will hold the traditional ceremony to remember the 15 volunteers that died on service in 1895 on Christmas Eve and for all lives lost at sea in the past year.

A short ceremony will be held at the lighthouse end of the East Pier at mid-day on Christmas Eve that will include music, an ecumenical blessing, a contemporary newspaper account of the 1895 tragedy and a piped lament.  Both RNLI lifeboats stationed at Dun Laoghaire will launch and the crews will lay wreaths at sea.

The ceremony is an annual Christmas Eve tradition that remembers the lives of the 15 volunteer crew that died when their lifeboat capsized in gale force winds while attempting to rescue those on board the SS Palme that had run aground off Blackrock, Co. Dublin.  All lives lost at sea in 2011 will also be included in the ceremony.

A special replica of the monument erected at the RNLI head-quarters in Poole, Dorset to remember all lifeboat crews lost while on duty, including the 15 Dun Laoghaire crew from 1895 will be presented to the station by Mr. Terence Johnson, Chairman of the Lifeboat management Group and will be on permanent display at the station.

"This event has become part of our local Christmas community tradition," said Stephen Wynne, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Dun Laoghaire.  "Whether a descendant of the original lifeboat crew or simply looking for something alternative on Christmas Eve, everyone and their families are welcome to join us."

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#SANTA – The arrival of Santa Claus to Mullaghmore Pier by Bundoran RNLI Lifeboat on Sunday afternoon was delayed due to a hoax distress call received to Malin Head Coast Guard.

As the four Bundoran Lifeboat crew were about to embark on their trip to Mullaghmore, they were diverted and tasked to an alleged incident in Donegal Town where, following a phone call to the Coast Guard at Malin Head, it was believed that four people were in an upturned boat near the quay in the town.

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Santa afloat in an RNLI RIB

Bundoran RNLI Lifeboat sped to the scene. The Rescue 118 Helicopter was also tasked from its base in Strandhill as were the Killybegs Coast Guard. As the rescue services reached the scene the call was declared a hoax and they were stood down. Speaking about the incident, Bundoran RNLI Lifeboat Deputy Launching Authority Patrick O'Doherty commented 'it's sad in this day that people still get a kick out of making hoax calls to the rescue services – not one but three services were tasked on this occasion making them all unavailable should a real call for a real emergency have come in. The Gardai have been informed about this and will no doubt make their own enquiries.'

Following the incident the Bundoran Lifeboat crew carried on to their original destination of Mullaghmore Pier where they joined in the fun with Santa and the boys and girls of the area. Santa was then zipped into his lifejacket, boarded the lifeboat and was waved off from the pier by the assembled crowd. Just before he got on the lifeboat Santa said 'I'd like to thank the hardworking volunteer crew of Bundoran RNLI Lifeboat. Their work to save lives at sea is to be applauded and I know that I will be in safe hands on Christmas Eve should there be an emergency with the sleigh as I fly over the area'.

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#LIFEBOAT–Sligo Bay lifeboat station welcomed Lifeboat top brass to the West Coast of Ireland yesterday as part of a tour of Irish RNLI stations.

The sun shone over Sligo Bay as Paul Bossier accompanied by his wife Susie with Martyn Smith, RNLI Divisional Inspector of Lifeboats Ireland and Tony Hinney, RNLI Community Fundraising Manager, paid his first visit to the station.

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Paul Bossier CEO of the RNLI with the volunteer crew and fundraising committee outside Sligo Bay lifeboat station

Mr Bossier has shown around the lifeboat station and the lifeboat gift shop.

Mr Bossier said "I am really delighted to come here today to see how all the community is contributing to this dynamic lifeboat station and to meet the crew who look after this dangerous part of coastline. This is an impressive station."

Speaking on behalf of the station Willie Murphy, Lifeboat Operations Manager, said "it is a real honour to welcome Paul to the station today. This visit means a lot to all the crew and fundraising committee".


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#LIFEBOATS – The RNLI in Ireland is to trial an inshore lifeboat on one of the biggest loughs on the River Shannon. At a recent meeting of the RNLI Board of Trustees the decision was taken to place an inshore lifeboat on Lough Ree for at least 12 months to assess whether a permanent lifeboat station should be established.

Formal representations were made to the RNLI by the Inland Waterways Association of Ireland with support from lough users and various statutory bodies including the Irish Coast Guard, for a declared search and rescue asset to be present on the Lough.

The charity already operates 43 lifeboat stations around the coast of Ireland and inland on Lough Derg and Lough Erne with around 1,500 volunteer lifeboat crew members. There are estimates of upwards of 1,000 boats moored in or around the Lough, which also has a number of large marinas.  The Lough is also a major intersection on the Shannon-Erne navigation route.

The RNLI will initially operate a B class Atlantic 75 lifeboat from temporary station facilities.  The lifeboat will come from the existing RNLI relief fleet and a decision will be taken following the year-long trial whether to establish a permanent station.

Martyn Smith, RNLI Divisional Inspector for Ireland, said: 'I am delighted that the RNLI Trustees have agreed to place a lifeboat on Lough Ree. The support and enthusiasm for an RNLI lifeboat on Lough Ree from the Inland Waterways Association of Ireland, lough users and statutory agencies has been enormous. As a charity which relies on volunteers and the generosity of the public we were very impressed with the level of interest and engagement from everyone we encountered.'

Lough Ree is at present the only major lake on the Shannon that lacks a dedicated search and rescue presence.  It is the centre for a variety of leisure pursuits based both afloat and ashore and has a significant amount of marine traffic passing through.  It therefore makes sense for the RNLI to have a presence here which will see us take local volunteers, train them to the highest standards, provide them with the best equipment and enable them to deliver a life-saving service that Lough Ree needs.'

Initial meetings have already been held by the RNLI locally to gauge interest and support and moves will now be made to recruit the volunteers needed to run the lifeboat station.


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David Sargent was named as the new treasurer of Howth RNLI at the lifeboat branch's AGM and awards event recently, The Irish Times reports.
Sargent succeeds Capt Peter McKenna, who served as treasurer for the last 16 years and was awarded for his service by Howth RNLI chairman Russell Rafter.
The meeting at Howth Yacht Club saw Rafter recognise the efforts of the lifeboat's crew and fundraising volunteers - such as the Howth Sea Angling Club, who raised more than €2,000 from collection boxes last year.
Rafter awarded the organisations highest award for volunteers, the Gold Medal of the Institution, to the late former chairman Alastair McMillan, who was a committee member for 44 years.
Meanwhile, the Long Service Badge for 20 years’ service was presented to crew member Ian Massey.

David Sargent was named as the new treasurer of Howth RNLI at the lifeboat branch's AGM and awards event recently, The Irish Times reports.

Sargent succeeds Capt Peter McKenna, who served as treasurer for the last 16 years and was awarded for his service by Howth RNLI chairman Russell Rafter.

The meeting at Howth Yacht Club saw Rafter recognise the efforts of the lifeboat's crew and fundraising volunteers - such as the Howth Sea Angling Club, who raised more than €2,000 from collection boxes last year.

Rafter awarded the organisations highest award for volunteers, the Gold Medal of the Institution, to the late former chairman Alastair McMillan, who was a committee member for 44 years.

Meanwhile, the Long Service Badge for 20 years’ service was presented to crew member Ian Massey.

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Crosshaven RNLI lifeboat this afternoon (Sunday 23 Oct) rescued one person who had become capsized from his kayak within Cork Harbour. Conditions at the time were poor with 2m seas and Gale force 8 to 9 winds. A member of the public alerted the Coast Guard at Valentia to the plight of the Kayakers near Fort Camden.

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Crosshaven Volunteer lifeboat launched immediately with Jonathan Grey, Vincent Fleming and Ian Venner in command. The kayakers had drifted further into the harbour when the lifeboat found a person in the water holding onto his kayak for bouyancy. He and his kayak were quickly brought onto the liferaft. A second kayaker was also taken onboard the lifeboat due to the serious weather conditions. Both kayakers were well equipped and required no medical intervention.

The casualties and their kayaks were put ashore at Cobh.

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At 09.35hrs this morning, Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat was requested by Valentia Coast Guard to go to the assistance of five persons, on board a 37ft cruiser on rocks and which was now taking on considerable amounts of water. The cruiser Laura was standing by, but was unable to get close.

At 09.49hrs the lifeboat launched, with helm Eleanor Hooker, Peter Clarke and Colin Knight on board. The lifeboat carried its salvage pump. The wind was southwest, Force 3 to 4 gusting 5 (9knots gusting 18), with visibility very good. At 10.12hrs the lifeboat was alongside the casualty vessel which was listing severely to starboard and on rocks. There were five persons on board, all safe and unharmed and wearing lifejackets. Two RNLI crew members went on board to assess damage to the vessel and, finding that she was holed and taking on water, it was decided to take all persons onto the lifeboat and transfer them to Castle Harbour where they were met by the rest of their group. The lifeboat thanked the skipper of Laura for standing by. The lifeboat returned to station and was ready for service at 12midday.

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Both Portrush Lifeboats were in action on Saturday afternoon (15th October) to rescue four people in an overturned boat at the Barmouth at Portstewart.

Both boats were launched at 15.50 hours on a wet dark afternoon after reports had been received of an overturned rib. When the Inshore boat arrived on scene there was a heavy 2 metre swell. Three people were on top of the rib and one in the water.

The volunteer ILB crew got the person in the water into the lifeboat by which time the All-weather lifeboat was on scene. All persons were then transferred to the ALB and taken to Portrush.

All were wearing wetsuits and did not require medical attention.

Robin Cardwell LOM stated

'This was a perfect example of  team work between the two crews of the lifeboats from Portrush There was no hesitation in the volunteer crews responding to this shout. Each man knew what he had to do to bring the four people and their rib ashore'.

More from UK coastguard source here:

Six people have been rescued from a capsized dive boat at the entrance to the River Bann this afternoon.

Belfast Coastguard received a '999' call from a member of the public at 3:48 pm informing them that they had witnessed a small boat capsize and there were people in the water.  Coastguard Rescue Officers from Coleraine were sent to the scene. The Portrush inshore and all weather RNLI lifeboats were requested to launch and the Irish Coastguard rescue helicopter from Sligo was scrambled.

Steve Carson, Watch Manager, Belfast Coastguard, says:
"The inshore lifeboat was first on scene and discovered one person in the water and a further five people on the upturned hull of a Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB). The conditions on scene were challenging with a large sea swell.
All six people have now been transferred to the all weather lifeboat and taken to Portrush Harbour and do not require further medical assistance.
The RHIB is being towed to harbour by the lifeboat.
We would like to remind the public that if they witness an incident along the shoreline or on the coast to ring '999' and ask for the Coastguard. Swift action from the member of the public this afternoon greatly assisted in the rescue of the six people in the water."

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Laura O'Mahony visited Crosshaven RNLI station during the week to say "Thank You" to the lifeboat crew who rescued her and her Red Setter dog, Sam.

In April of last year, Laura was walking her dog near Hop Island, when he ran out over the mud flats and got stuck in the mud. Laura went after him and eventually got bogged down herself. Her predicament was fortunately noticed from the shore line and the volunteer RNLI lifeboat from Crosshaven was tasked along with the Coast Guard helicopter, the fire service and local Coast Guard units to attend.

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Bernard Lynch, Barry Woods, Chairman, Crosshaven RNLI, Vincent Fleming, Denis Cronin, Laura O'Mahony and Alan Barton, Lifeboat Operations Manager, Crosshaven RNLI and SAM

Volunteers Vincent Fleming, Denis Cronin and Bernard Lynch made best time to the area as the rising tide was filling rapidly. Crewman Fleming managed to thread the lifeboat through the flats until he got near to Laura, at which point Bernard Lynch entered the water and extricated Laura and 11 year old Sam into the lifeboat. Laura was then handed over to the care of paramedics at the shore. Thankfully, Laura and Sam were uninjured.

Laura remarked, "I never thought I'd have to use the services of the lifeboat but I am most grateful to them. They are so hard working and lovely, and were so kind when they rescued us. When I saw them I knew we were safe. They kept on reassuring me."

In the intervening period, Laura has raised €850 for the RNLI, and on Wednesday last visited the Lifeboat station with Sam to hand over the proceeds and personally thank the crew. She said "This cheque is just a small way of saying thank you,"

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A extensive rescue search in northeast England was called off on Monday when it was found that the planet Jupiter had been mistaken for a distress flare.
BBC News reports that Tymemouth RNLI lifeboat and an RAF rescue helicopter had been dispatched to search for a possible vessel in distress after a call from a member of the public on Monday evening.
But on establishing further details from the informant "it became apparent that the flares were in fact the planet Jupiter which is very low in the sky at this time of year", said Tynemouth RNLI's Adrian Don.
The RNLI stresses that the false alarm was made with the "best intentions" and urges anyone who thinks they have spotted a vessel in distress to contact emergency services.

A extensive rescue search in northeast England was called off on Monday when it was found that the planet Jupiter had been mistaken for a distress flare.

BBC News reports that Tymemouth RNLI lifeboat and an RAF rescue helicopter had been dispatched to search for a possible vessel in distress after a call from a member of the public on Monday evening.

But on establishing further details from the informant "it became apparent that the flares were in fact the planet Jupiter which is very low in the sky at this time of year", said Tynemouth RNLI's Adrian Don.

The RNLI stresses that the false alarm was made with the "best intentions" and urges anyone who thinks they have spotted a vessel in distress to contact emergency services.

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