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.2009

Lifeboats News Release

Bundoran RNLI Lifeboat rescues 3 people swept out to sea off Donegal coast

Date: 19/09/2009

Author: Colm Hamrogue, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer

Bundoran RNLI lifeboat this evening (Saturday 19 September 2009) saved three people who were swept out to sea off the coast of Bundoran in county Donegal. The three included two swimmers and a member of the public who went to their aid when they got into difficulty.

An onlooker raised the alarm when they saw two people swimming in the sea getting into difficult. Another member of the public then entered the water to attempt to rescue the two swimmers only to get into difficulty themselves when all three were swept out to sea by a large wave. The lifeboat was launched and on scene in five minutes.

All three people were rescued from the water and brought ashore on the lifeboat, where they given medical attention by members of the ambulance service.

Speaking after the rescue, Tony McGowan, Bundoran RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager said; “ The sea is unpredictable and a change in tides can catch swimmers unaware. In this case a huge wave took the swimmers out to sea and they found themselves in difficulty. Thanks to the quick action by a member of the public we were able to respond to this distress call and ensure the three people were brought to shore safely. We ask all people in or around the water to always stay vigilant and remember if you are going to enjoy the water always tell someone where you are going and what time you are expected back at.”

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RNLI media contactFor information please contact Colm Hamrogue, Bundoran volunteer lifeboat press officer

 

31 August 2009

Bundoran RNLI pushes the boat out for fundraising drive

 This Saturday (5 September 2009) Bundoran RNLI lifeboat crew will literally be pushing the boat out to raise funds for the life saving charity.  They will be holding a boat push from Ballyshannon to Bundoran in Donegal and want people to turn out and cheer them on during their 9.5km push.

 The boat push will start on Donegal Road in Ballyshannon at noon and members of the lifeboat crew will have buckets with them on the route for people to make a donation.

 The fundraising drive comes as Bundoran RNLI recently received a new state of the art Atlantic 85 lifeboat.  The lifeboat has already been put into practice once since its arrival on station.  The new lifeboat can carry a fourth crewmember and has more room for casualties.  It can also reach speeds of up to 35 knots in responding to an emergency.

 Commenting on the fundraiser, lifeboat press officer Colm Hamrogue said, “ The lifeboat crew wanted to do something a bit different to raise funds for the station.  Many people have done a bed push but not too many people have done a boat push, which makes sense for a lifeboat station.  Our volunteer crew count on the generous support of the public to ensure that the RNLI can continue to provide all year search and rescue coverage and we hope to get lots of support on Saturday.

 RNLI media contact

For information please contact Colm Hamrogue, Bundoran volunteer lifeboat press officer

 The RNLI online

For more information on the RNLI please visit www.rnli.ie News releases and other media resources, including RSS feeds, downloadable photos and video, are available at the RNLI Press Centre www.rnli.ie/press.
 

Key facts about the RNLI

The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the Ireland and the UK. The RNLI operates over 230 lifeboat stations with 43 in Ireland. The RNLI is independent of the Coast Guard 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 137,000 lives. The RNLI is a charity registered in England, Scotland and the Republic of Ireland.

 

Charity number CHY 2678 in the Republic of Ireland and registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SCO37736)

 

Monday, 17 August 2009

Bundoran RNLI Towed Fishing Boat – Mullaghmore.

Bundoran RNLI Lifeboat towed in an angling boat off the head of Mullaghmore, Co. Sligo today. The boat was manned by one person and suffered fuel problems. The new Atlantic 85 Lifeboat stationed in Bundoran responded to the call in less than 10 minutes.

Tony McGowan, Lifeboat Operations Manager, Bundoran RNLI said; “Everything went well and the person and boat were brought ashore safely to Mullaghmore. The boat suffered fuel problems and we received the distress call. Our new boat handled very well on the call out and the with the intensive training the RNLI provide for our volunteer members, it enables us to provide the best possible rescue to the public. While not in immediate danger the person did the right thing by calling 112 and asking for the Marine Rescue.”

For further information please contact:

Colm Hamrogue, Bundoran RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer

 

 

04/08/2009

Bundoran RNLI welcomes new Atlantic 85 lifeboat William Henry Liddington

 

A brand new state-of-the-art inshore Atlantic 85 lifeboat has been officially put on service at Bundoran lifeboat station in county Donegal.  The new lifeboat the William Henry Liddington replaces the Atlantic 75 lifeboat Helene, which had been saving lives since 1995.

 

This new Atlantic 85 lifeboat was introduced into the RNLI fleet in 2006.  The lifeboat is 8.5 metres in length and weighs 1.9 tonnes.  It is constructed of Fibre reinforced composite.   Improvements include a faster top speed of 35 knots, radar, and provision for a fourth crewmember with more space for survivors.  It can operate safely in daylight in up to force 7 conditions and at night up to force 6.   The Atlantic 85 is also capable of being beached in an emergency without sustaining damage to the engines or steering gear.

 

Tony McGowan, Lifeboat Operations Manager, Bundoran RNLI commented; "We are delighted with the new Lifeboat and once again I want to thank everyone who donates to the RNLI.  Their generosity allows us to continue saving lives at sea.  A new lifeboat always brings great excitement to a station and our volunteer lifeboat crew have been undergoing intensive training on the Atlantic 85".

 

Bundoran is the fifth station in the RNLI to receive this new class of lifeboat.  There is another one in Donegal based at Lough Swilly and the other three are in Bangor, Kilkeel and Portaferry in Northern Ireland.

 

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RNLI Media contact

For further information please contact: Colm Hamrogue, Bundoran RNLI volunteer lifeboat press officer e-mail: [email protected]

 

The RNLI online

For more information on the RNLI please visit www.rnli.ie News releases and other media resources, including RSS feeds, downloadable photos and video, are available at the RNLI Press Centre www.rnli.ie/press.

 

Key facts about the RNLI

The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the Ireland and the UK. The RNLI operates over 230 lifeboat stations with 43 in Ireland. The RNLI is independent of the Coast Guard 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 137,000 lives. The RNLI is a charity registered in England, Scotland and the Republic of Ireland.

 

Charity number CHY 2678 in the Republic of Ireland and registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SCO37736)


 
Monday, 06 July 2009
 
Body Recovered at Ballyshannon – Bundoran RNLI Lifeboat.
 
A man’s body was recovered from Ballyshannon estuary this morning in a combined effort between Bundoran RNLI Lifeboat, Donegal Sub Aqua club and the Fishery’s Patrol boat.
 
The alarm was raised yesterday evening around 8pm and the Bundoran RNLI Lifeboat launched to a report of a person who fell off the bridge in Ballyshannon Town and the search was called off late last night due to lighting conditions. The search resumed at approximately 8am this morning and the body of the person was removed from the water at 12 noon.
 
Tony McGowan, Lifeboat Operations Manager, Bundoran RNLI Lifeboat commented; Once the alarm was raised the Lifeboat crew responded in minutes. The body was found by Donegal Sub Aqua club divers and brought ashore by a combined effort between Bundoran RNLI and the Fishery Patrol Boat. The body has been brought to Sligo General Hospital.”
Monday, 29 June 2009
 
Bundoran RNLI Lifeboat goes Online!
 
Bundoran RNLI Lifeboat has launched a new dedicated website to promote the work and service of the Bundoran based rescue service.
 
Bundoran RNLI Lifeboat Helmsman, James Cassidy has been delighted with the response; “We have had over 1,000 hits on www.bundoranlifeboat.com in the first two weeks of the website going live. It fully supports the work of our Lifeboat and better informs the public of the work we do, where their donations go and how it helps saves lives. I think the web design company and crew members have done a great job in keeping www.bundoranlifeboat.com  complementary with the growing world of RNLI Lifeboats online.”

Photo attached shows local surfing hero and star of block buster film, Waveriders, Richard Fitzgerald launching the Bundoran RNLI Lifeboat website. He is accompanied by Bundoran RNLI crew members James Cassidy and Patrick O Doherty.

 

Monday, 22 June 2009

St. Macartan’s National School Visits Bundoran RNLI Lifeboat.

Students from second class in St. Macartan’s National School took some time out last Thursday (18th June 2009) to visit Bundoran RNLI Lifeboat Station. Over 25 students made the visit to the newly refurbished, state of the art rescue centre to see the workings of the Bundoran based RNLI Lifeboat.

Tony McGowan, Operations Manager, Bundoran RNLI Lifeboat commented; “We are delighted to see the young generation taking such an interest in the local Lifeboat station. The kids really enjoyed the station visit and I think seeing the Lifeboat itself was the main highlight. A lot of students who visited the station have already expressed an interest in joining Bundoran RNLI Lifeboat when they reach the required age.

 Photos attached of the students on the visit to the Bundoran RNLI Lifeboat Station.

 

Monday, 25 May 2009

Bundoran RNLI Lifeboat Launches Flag Day Fundraising Appeal

Members of Bundoran RNLI Lifeboat recently assembled to launch the appeal for their annual Flag Day. The fundraising day takes place on Sunday, 31 May 2009. It will see members of the voluntary based organisation collecting on the streets in both Bundoran & Ballyshannon.

Colm Hamrogue, Lifeboat Press Officer, Bundoran RNLI Lifeboat commented: “The Flag Day is one of main fundraising events and we really need the ongoing generosity of locals and visitors to the town.  We survive totally on the contributions we receive from the public and now more than ever we need that extra support. We are looking forward to meeting and greeting everyone on the streets of Bundoran & Ballyshannon, so when you see a Lifeboat bucket please give generously.”

Photo attached: Members of Bundoran RNLI Lifeboat launching their appeal for the annual Flag Day. 

Lifeboats News Release

Bundoran RNLI Lifeboat Rescues 5 People off Mullaghmore

 

Date: 14/04/2009

Author: Colm Hamrogue, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer

Bundoran RNLI Lifeboat launched late yesterday afternoon to a distress call received from a dive boat off the head of Mullaghmore, Co. Sligo. When the lifeboat arrived on scene it was discovered that the dive boat had suffered mechanical problems and engine failure. The boat and five people on board were brought safely to shore at Mullaghmore.

Colm Hamrogue, Bundoran RNLI Lifeboat press officer said: “Thankfully everyone on board the dive boat was brought safely to shore. As we move into the summer months and we see more people starting to enjoy the water, I would ask all people to remain vigilant when in or around water. Should anyone ever need the lifeboat or witness someone in distress, just dial 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard.”

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RNLI media contacts For more information please contact Niamh Stephenson, RNLI Media Relations Manager on 01- 8900460 / 087-1254124 email: [email protected]

 
 
 
 

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