Kilkeel RNLI volunteers recognised for 30 years service
Six volunteer crew members from Kilkeel RNLI were awarded a 30-year badge recently in the Harbour Commissioner's Office, Belfast. Pictured from left, Robin McCullough, John Fisher, Gary Young, Alexander McCauley, Ernest McKee, and Alan McConnell.
Key facts about the RNLI
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.