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Skerries RNLI needs new volunteer crew members

Lifeboats News Release

Skerries RNLI is looking for new volunteer crew members to join its search and rescue service in north county Dublin.

The station currently has 18 lifeboat and three shore crew to cover its service on the north east coast of Dublin but is now calling on new volunteers to come forward and find out how they can get involved in helping the charity continue to save lives at sea.
 
Skerries RNLI has over 100 years aggregate service and has been operating as an inshore lifeboat station for over 25 years. The Current Atlantic 85 lifeboat, Louis Simson, placed on service 2013, provides cover for part of the east coast of Ireland.
 
Last year, the lifeboat in Skerries launched 10 times, bringing 16 people to safety.
 
Now, Niall McGrotty, Skerries RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager is calling on any volunteers who may be interested to get in touch and find out more: ‘We are looking for anyone aged 17 years and over, working or living in Skerries who is willing to offer some of their free time to join what I believe to be, one of the most exhilarating and rewarding voluntary services that is out there.

Ideally we are looking for volunteers with daytime availability. Every volunteer receives first class training from the RNLI and learns new skills which can benefit them in many walks of life. Lifeboat crew members need to have a reasonable level of fitness, have good eyesight and not be colour blind. Anyone who would like to volunteer but feels they would not meet the requirements for lifeboat crew should in no way be put off, as shore crew also play an essential role in the launch and recovery of the lifeboat when it goes on service’.

’Ideally we are looking for volunteers with daytime availability. Every volunteer receives first class training from the RNLI and learns new skills which can benefit them in many walks of life. Lifeboat crew members need to have a reasonable level of fitness, have good eyesight and not be colour blind. Anyone who would like to volunteer but feels they would not meet the requirements for lifeboat crew should in no way be put off, as shore crew also play an essential role in the launch and recovery of the lifeboat when it goes on service.’
 
Anyone who feels they have the time and commitment to volunteer for the charity which is on call 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, is asked to contact the station at skerries@rnli.org.uk or Niall on 087 241 8967.
 
 
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Skerries RNLI Atlantic 85 Lifeboat Louis Simson
 
RNLI media contacts
For more information please contact Gerry Canning, Skerries RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 0879884965, email Bernard.roddy@gmail.com or telephone Nuala McAloon RNLI Press Officer Ireland on  00353876483547 or email Nuala_McAloon@rnli.org.uk or Niamh Stephenson RNLI Public Relations Manager Ireland on 00 353 87 1254 124 or Niamh_Stephenson@rnli.org.uk

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The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard 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 142,700 lives.

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