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station welcomes innovative students
crew of Bundoran RNLI Lifeboat, together with local
fishermen and members of Irish Water Safety recently
welcomed a group of students from Lucan, County Dublin
who had created a new school’s guide to water safety in
Ireland’s rivers, lakes and seas.
group of students from St Joseph’s College in Lucan are
participating in the 2014 Young social Innovators
programme and were tasked with picking an issue of
concern in their local area and to take action to change
it for the better.
decided to tackle the ongoing problem of drowning
particularly after the tragic summer last year when so
many young people lost their lives needlessly during the
hot spell. Their vision for the information pack is to
“think before you splash” – encouraging young people to
become more involved in water activities and to increase
their awareness of the water. The pack consists of a
lesson plan for teachers as well as a local ecology &
water safety survey, 10 water safety rules and more.
Speaking during the visit, Bundoran RNLI Crewmember
Killian O’Kelly said ‘it’s heartening for us who
volunteer to save lives at sea to see this initiative
being undertaken so enthusiastically by this group of
students – they are to be commended for such an
excellent piece of work and if it helps to save one life
this summer then it’s time well spent.’
group hope to make the booklet available online in the
station damaged hours after major fundraiser
hours after the annual Bundoran RNLI Lifeboat dinner
dance ended on Friday night, a combination of high tide
and heavy swell caused damage to Bundoran Lifeboat
began to arrive at the lifeboat station at around 7.20am
and discovered the damage as the seas had broken down
the main front door as well as the bottom panel in the
large doors, behind which the lifeboat is kept.
of high tide again on Saturday evening, as a
precautionary measure the lifeboat was moved to higher
ground but remained on service throughout the period.
Lifeboat Operations Manager for Bundoran RNLI Tony
McGowan said ‘despite the force of the sea, we only
suffered a small amount of damage and we are happy to
note that the lifeboat itself wasn’t damaged and
remained available for service. It was an early start
following the dinner dance on Friday night and we would
like to thank all of those who turned out on the
morning. I would also like to point out, having viewed
CCTV of the time of the impact, it was remarkable how
one big surge which was at least two metres higher than
the rest caused the damage. It is easy to see how people
can be caught out in such conditions and I would urge
people to keep well away from the water in such
20 January 2014
called to assist pleasure craft at Mullaghmore
crew of Bundoran RNLI Lifeboat were tasked on Sunday
afternoon (19th January) for their first
callout of 2014, to an 18 foot pleasure craft with two
persons on board which suffered engine failure off
Mullaghmore Head in County Sligo.
alarm was raised with Malin Head Coast Guard shortly
before 4pm on Sunday afternoon by mobile phone and the
lifeboat launched within 3 minutes as many of the crew
were already on station completing their Advanced
Cardiac First Responder course. On arriving at the
scene, the crew found that the occupiers of the pleasure
craft were being assisted by local charter fishing
boats. The Bundoran lifeboat crew then took the craft
under tow to Mullaghmore harbour and returned then to
the lifeboat station.
Speaking afterwards, Lifeboat Launching Authority for
Bundoran RNLI Patrick O’Doherty said ‘we were happy to
assist the boat owners who had the misfortune of having
their engine lose power while out on a Sunday afternoon.
We would advise all boat owners to ensure that they have
a means of contacting the Coast Guard in case of
emergency when out on the water. We would especially
recommend the use of a handheld VHF radio which also
allows our equipment on the lifeboat to locate a signal
Bundoran RNLI launched to divers in difficulty
On Saturday afternoon (12th July 2014), the volunteer crew of Bundoran RNLI Lifeboat were launched on service to a report of divers in difficulty off St John’s Point near the lighthouse.
Within six minutes of being paged by Malin Head Coast Guard, the Bundoran Lifeboat “William Henry Liddington” was en route to the scene just after 4.30pm. On arrival, along with the Killybegs Coast Guard Boat and vessel “Red Manta”, the man in his 50s had been taken to shore where CPR had commenced.
Upon the arrival of the Sligo based Irish Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 118, Bundoran Lifeboat transferred the casualty to the nearby White Strand area to facilitate the helicopter landing. CPR was continued on the Bundoran Lifeboat by one of the crew who is an advanced paramedic assisted by another member of the volunteer crew who is an EMT, until the man could be transferred to a waiting ambulance and airlifted to Sligo General Hospital. Afterwards, helm of the Bundoran Lifeboat Daimon Fergus expressed thanks to the crews of the Killybegs Coast Guard, Rescue 118 and to the people at the scene for their assistance.
17 Jul 2014
The volunteer crew of the Bundoran RNLI
lifeboat were paged by Malin Head Coast
Guard this evening to the aid of six
teenagers who had been cut off by the tide
at the West End of Bundoran.
The lifeboat “William Henry Liddington”
launched just after 8.30pm with four crew on
board and were on the scene within two
minutes to find the group of five Spanish
students and their leader who had climbed
down to the water’s edge but were unable to
make their way back and became trapped by
the tide. The six, none of whom were
injured, were helped on board by the
lifeboat crew and brought safely back to the
station where they thanked the crew.
Conditions in the area were said to have
been good at the time.
The Sligo based Rescue 118 helicopter
also arrived on scene.
Helming the lifeboat on the callout
Dessie Daly said: “This was another shout
that had a happy ending. We thank the member
of the public who made the initial emergency
call and remind anyone who sees anyone in
danger on the coast to call 999 or 112 and
don’t assume that somebody else has done
Bundoran RNLI launched to an overturned jet-ski
yesterday afternoon (Saturday 2 August).
Just after 4pm, the volunteer lifeboat crew was paged by Malin Head
Coast Guard to four people in the water off Murvagh
Beach following the capsize of their jet-ski.
In overcast conditions, the lifeboat William Henry
Liddington launched within six minutes of the
initial request and made their way across Donegal Bay to
the scene on the Rossnowlagh side of Murvagh. The Sligo
based Rescue 118 helicopter also launched to the scene.
Upon arrival, the RNLI crew found that the family of
four from Northern Ireland had made their way safely to
shore. A member of the crew went ashore to ensure that
the family were ok.
Bundoran RNLI Helm Brian Gillespie said: ‘Thankfully the
family were wearing lifejackets, otherwise this could
have been a much more serious situation. We would remind
sea and water users to always wear a lifejacket when
heading for the water and as always if a member of the
public sees someone in danger on the water to call 999
or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard.’
Wednesday, 6 August 2014
Bundoran RNLI launched to family trapped on rocks
The volunteer crew of Bundoran RNLI Lifeboat were paged by Malin Head Coast Guard this afternoon (Wednesday 6 August) to a family of four who became trapped on rocks near Tullan Strand, Bundoran. A member of the public who heard the family calling for help phoned 112 to alert the Coast Guard who quickly paged the lifeboat at 17:49.
Within minutes of the alert, the Bundoran lifeboat launched and was quickly on scene however the water was too shallow to bring the boat closer to the family. Shortly afterwards the Sligo based Rescue 118 helicopter who were also tasked, arrived on scene and commenced winching the family into the helicopter. The helicopter crew then winched the family onto the beach where they were met by members of the RNLI Shore Crew.
Helm Dessie Daly said ‘the situation may have been much worse had the member of the public not heard the shouts for help. We are thankful that they made the quick decision to call the emergency services and get us launched.’
Bundoran RNLI launch to report of red flare
At 10.40pm on
Saturday night (6th September) the
volunteer crew of Bundoran RNLI Lifeboat were asked to
launch by Malin Head Coast Guard to reports of a red flare
being sighted somewhere in Donegal Bay.
red flare is universally known as a distress signal and when
an emergency call was made by a member of the public from
Ballyshannon, the Watch Officers at Malin Head immediately
requested the launch of Bundoran RNLI Lifeboat and also
tasked the Killybegs Coast Guard boat.
the caller was unsure of the precise location of the flare,
sighting it somewhere between Ballyshannon and St John’s
Point, both boats commenced searches of the area looking for
a vessel that may have set off an emergency flare.
the searches were underway, information was received that
fireworks had been set off on the coastline in the bay
around the time of the emergency call to 999. Even though it
was determined that this was the most likely cause of the
red flare sighting, both boats continued to search the area
until the Coast Guard was satisfied that no vessel was in
trouble. Both units were then stood down after one hour.
Speaking on their return to the lifeboat station around
midnight, Karol McNern who was helm of the Bundoran Lifeboat
said ‘Thankfully this was just a false alarm and we are, as
always, happy to launch to something that people may be
unsure of rather than not be launched at all. We would
however urge anybody who is planning on setting off
fireworks, chinese lanterns or anything that could be
mistaken for a distress flare, near the coast, to please
inform the Coast Guard in advance of the approximate time
and location so that Search & Rescue assets need not be