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#RNLI - Howth RNLI lifeboat station held an open day last Sunday 11 August, welcoming a great number of locals and visitors who came to see the station, explore the lifeboats and meet the crew.

The children in particular enjoyed meeting Stormy Stan and taking part in fun competitions.

Everyone got the opportunity to get aboard the lifeboats and find out more about the lifesaving work carried out by the volunteer crew members.

The Sea Safety Team was also on hand to give advice about lifejackets and safety precautions at sea. 

Howth RNLI depends on the generous support of the local community to help save lives at sea.

The same weekend as the open day, the volunteer lifeboat crew was involved in three rescues in a single 24-hour period, bringing 11 people to safety. 

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#RNLI - Holyhead RNLI volunteers were called to launch two lifeboats at the same time during two different incidents on Anglesey in North Wales yesterday 12 August.

Holyhead RNLI relief lifeboat 17-38 and volunteer crew responded to a Pan Pan (communication of an urgent situation onboard) in the Irish Sea just over three miles north-west of Holyhead.

The vessel, a 15m motor launch with five people on board, had lost all steering. Vessels near by stood until the lifeboat arrived, and the boat was taken under tow to Holyhead Marina.

At the same time, the Holyhead inshore lifeboat was launched to three people struggling in the sea off Penrhos beach area.

When the volunteer crew arrived, the three had made it to land but a child in the group was looking very unwell. The RNLI crew wrapped him up to keep warm until ambulance arrived.

In the meantime, an air ambulance was requested and landed at Stanley Hospital nearby to take the casualty for treatment. Holyhead's local coastguard team were also in attendance.

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#RNLI - Youghal RNLI launched yesterday evening (12 August) to a report of a six-meter pleasure craft that was adrift 200m east of Youghal shipping quay in Co Cork.

The lifeboat, helmed by John Griffin Jr with crew members Patsy O’Mahony and Joe Moore on board, launched at at 6.19pm and quickly located the pleasure cruiser, subsequently ascertaining that the boat had suffered engine failure.

There were three people on board; two males and one female. All were wearing lifejackets and were safe and well. The weather at the time was blowing a Force 2-3 north westerly wind with a slight swell.



The volunteer crew established a tow and brought the boat and the three casualties back to its moorings at Ferry Point in Youghal.

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#RNLI - Two maritime legends finally met last bank holiday weekend at the Gathering of the Fleet Maritime Festival when Arklow RNLI lifeboat operations manager Jimmy Tyrell climbed aboard the new Shannon class lifeboat.

Jimmy, and his father before him, lobbied the life-saving charity for many years to call one of their lifeboat classes after an Irish river - and was finally rewarded when the Shannon class lifeboat was put into production last year.

Its arrival at this year’s Gathering of the Fleet in the Wicklow port town was one of the highlights of the event. 

The lifeboat is on a tour of RNLI stations to introduce volunteer lifeboat crews to the new vessel, and Jimmy Tyrell was given a warm welcome onboard and had a full tour of the lifeboat from its RNLI crew.

The Shannon class lifeboat is the first all-weather lifeboat to be powered by twin water jets instead of propellers, making it more manoeuvrable and safer to operate in shallow water. It has a top speed of 25 knots and is due to replace the Mersey class lifeboat.

Just prior to the departure of the new Shannon class lifeboat, named Jock & Annie Slater, Arklow RNLI’s crew made a presentation to Jimmy Tyrell and the boat's coxswain to mark the visit and its importance to everyone at Arklow RNLI.

East Coast FM also broadcast their popular morning radio show with Declan Meehan live from the Arklow RNLI lifeboat station, with special guests Diarmuid Gavin and Shane Byrne joined by Arklow RNLI volunteers to get involved in the fun. 

The lifeboat crew gave their guests a warm welcome, but had taken the precaution of having a fully kitted-out crew on scene in case they received a call-out during the show.

The Gathering of the Fleet, held in aid of the RNLI, played host to vessels of all shapes and sizes over the August bank holiday weekend. 

Commenting on the festival, Arklow RNLI lifeboat press officer Mark Corcoran said: “This weekend was the fruition of months of hard work by the committee. Living on the east coast, the sea is such a big part of everyone’s lives and we wanted to celebrate our proud maritime history and traditions with this Gathering of the Fleet Maritime Festival. 

"Thanks to all the boat owners near and far and to the many people who have given their time and energy to make this year’s event something special.”

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#RNLI - Courtown RNLI was called out on Saturday (10 August) to assist a sailing boat that had run aground on the Bradleys rocks just south of Courtown Harbour in Co Wexford.

The yacht - called Jaws – had been taking part in the weekly club race and had accidentally drifted onto the rocks with three persons on board.

Fellow yacht Yasemin, which had been taking part in the same race, came to assistance and helped tow the yacht off the rocks.

Yasemin then passed the tow over to the Courtown lifeboat, which proceeded to tow Jaws back into harbour.

Courtown Lifeboat was then tasked to assist the yacht Nan, which had suffered engine failure and also required a tow into the harbour.

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#rnli – Two maritime legends finally met last bank holiday weekend at the Gathering of the Fleet Maritime Festival when Arklow RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager Jimmy Tyrell climbed aboard the Shannon class lifeboat. Jimmy and his father before him lobbied the life-saving charity for many years to call one of their lifeboat classes after an Irish river and was finally rewarded when the Shannon class lifeboat was put into production last year.

Its arrival at this year's Arklow Gathering of the Fleet Maritime Festival was one of the highlights of the event. The lifeboat is on a tour of RNLI stations to introduce volunteer lifeboat crews to the new vessel. Jimmy was given a warm welcome onboard and had a full tour of the lifeboat from its RNLI crew.

The Shannon class lifeboat is the first all weather lifeboat to be powered by twin waterjets instead of propellers, making it more manoeuvrable and safer to operate in shallow water. It has a top speed of 25 knots and is due to replace the Mersey class lifeboat.

The Gathering of the Fleet Maritime Festival which was held in aid of the RNLI, played host to vessels of all shapes and sizes over the August bank holiday weekend.
Just prior to the departure of the new Shannon Class Lifeboat "RNLB Jock & Annie Slater" Arklow RNLI's crew made a presentation to Jimmy and the boats Coxswain Tommy to mark the visit and its importance to Jimmy and indeed all at Arklow RNLI.

East Coast FM broadcast their popular morning radio show with Declan Meehan live from the Arklow RNLI lifeboat station with special guests Diarmuid Gavin and Shane Byrne and our own volunteers getting involved in the fun. The lifeboat crew gave their guests a warm welcome but had taken the precaution of having a fully kitted out crew on scene in case they received a callout during the show.

Commenting on the festival Arklow RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer Mark Corcoran said, "This weekend is the fruition of months of hard work by the committee. Living on the east coast, the sea is such a big part of everyone's lives and we wanted to celebrate our proud maritime history and traditions with this Gathering of the Fleet Maritime Festival. Thanks to all the boat owners near and far and to the many people who have given their time and energy to make this year's event something special."

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#rnli – Lifeboat crew with Tramore RNLI responded to a callout this afternoon at 1.43pm when a six metre half decker boat capsized with four men onboard halfway between Brownstown Head and Rhinashark off the Waterford coast. One man managed to swim to shore and the remaining three were recovered by the Tramore RNLI inshore lifeboat crew. One of the three was airlifted off the lifeboat by the Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 117 to be taken to hospital.

It is believed the men were in the water for up to a half an hour before they were rescued. There was a moderate swell in the area at the time.

Commenting on the callout Tramore RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager Derek Musgrave said, "I am relieved that all four men are safe after their boat capsized. They were wearing lifejackets which provided the necessary buoyancy to keep them afloat while they clung to the upturned vessel.

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#rnli – The volunteer lifeboat crew with Howth RNLI were kept busy this weekend when they responded to three callouts in 24 hours and helped bring 11 people to safety.

The first callout came at 2.46pm yesterday (Saturday 10 August) to a 22ft motorboat which had broken down south east of Lambay Island with two adults and two children on board. The craft had broken down and one of the adults and a child were suffering serious sea sickness. Howth RNLI's all weather lifeboat took the boat under two and brought the four people back to Howth Harbour where the two people were checked out by paramedics.

The second callout was received last night and involved a joint operation between Howth RNLI inshore lifeboat and Dun Laoghaire RNLI's all weather lifeboat. The call was received at 8.04pm to a report of a capsized motorboat in Dublin Bay with six people in the water. Howth lifeboat crew were first on scene and started to recover the casualties from the water. They were joined shortly after by the Dun Laoghaire lifeboat and transferred all six people onboard the all weather lifeboat to be taken back to Dun Laoghaire harbour. Irish Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 116 was also on scene, hovering above the casualties to guide the lifeboats to the scene. The group were all wearing lifejackets but were suffering the effects of the cold water and were met by waiting ambulances at Dun Laoghaire harbour and taken to St Vincent's hospital.

The third callout for the lifeboat crew was received this morning (Sunday 11 August) at 6.28am and was to a lone yachtsman who had left Holyhead on a 25ft wooden boat, when ten miles east of Howth the craft started taking on water and was in danger of sinking. The man raised the alarm by phone when all his onboard equipment failed. Howth RNLI launched their all weather lifeboat and transferred a crewmember onboard the stricken craft to help stem the ingress of water. When this was proving difficult due to the speed the water was coming into the craft the man was taken onto the lifeboat and a second lifeboat crewmember was put on the vessel to help. A tow was established and the boat was taken back to Howth harbour.

Commenting on the three callouts Howth RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager Rupert Jeffares said, "These three callouts show a day in the life of our RNLI lifeboat volunteers here in Howth. No two callouts are the same but at the end of a busy 24 hours, eleven people have been brought to safety, six of them who were in serious trouble out on the bay when their boat capsized. It was a great result for everyone concerned.

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#RNLI – The emergency services were alerted shortly before 5pm on Saturday afternoon, 10 August, that an elderly person might be missing at Garryvoe Beach. The Ballycotton RNLI lifeboat was asked to be on standby while the area was searched.

At 5:10pm the RNLI lifeboat crew pagers in Ballycotton were activated and the Ballycotton lifeboat was requested to launch to help in the search. Also requested to join in the search were the Ballycotton Coast Guard unit and the Waterford based Coast Guard helicopter, Rescue 117.

At 5:15pm the RNLI lifeboat boarding boat dropped the all weather lifeboat crew aboard the Austin Lidbury. The boarding boat then proceeded across Ballycotton Bay to carry out a search of the water close to the shore at Garryvoe. The all weather RNLI lifeboat launched and carried out a search of the deeper water in Ballycotton Bay.

At 6:35pm it was reported that the elderly person was safe and well and the search was called off.

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#RNLI – Dun Laoghaire RNLI all weather lifeboat and Howth RNLI inshore lifeboat rescued six people in Dublin Bay this evening (Saturday 10 August) after their boat capsized two and a half miles off the coast. The group who were all wearing lifejackets were brought back to Dun Laoghaire were they were met by waiting ambulances.

Dun Laoghaire and Howth lifeboats were launched shortly after 8pm this evening and were joined by Irish Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 116. The helicopter spotted the casualties in the water and hovered over the site to guide the lifeboats to the scene. Howth lifeboat crew arrived first and proceeded to recover four people onboard their inshore lifeboat followed soon after by the Dun Laoghaire lifeboat who recovered the remaining two people.

The four people onboard Howth RNLI lifeboat were then carefully transferred onto Dun Laoghaire lifeboat so they could all be taken back to Dun Laoghaire harbour together to be met by waiting ambulances.

Commenting on the callout Dun Laoghaire RNLI Coxswain Mark McGibney said, "These people were extremely lucky. Their small open motorboat had capsized and was upturned in the water. All six were nearby or clinging to the upturned hull when the lifeboats arrived. They were extremely cold and needed medical assistance. Their lifejackets undoubtedly played an important role in their safe recovery."

 

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