Fenit RNLI Lifeboat Invites All To Open Day Next Sunday

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FENIT RNLI Lifeboat hosts open day next Sunday, September 8, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of return of lifeboat service to Fenit.

The volunteer crew of Fenit RNLI is delighted to celebrate the re-in statement of the lifeboat service to Fenit exactly 25thyears ago this month.

To mark this very special occasion, along with other activities, it is hoped that supervised tours of the lifeboat station and the lifeboats will take place on the day. The Irish Coast Guard helicopter R115 based at Shannon is hoped to be in attendance if possible on the day.

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Fenit RNLI Lifeboat Station currently has two lifeboats in service with a volunteer crew providing a twenty four hours callout service every day of the year.

There is an All Weather Lifeboat which can be used in rough seas and can cover a distance of 250 miles. The Inshore Lifeboat can provide assistance closer to the shoreline.

The area covered by Fenit Lifeboats can reach from the seas off Loop Head and the Shannon Estuary to beyond the west coast of Kerry and sometimes beyond that.

The lifeboat works very closely with its other Search and Rescue counterparts including the Irish Coast Guard and supports other RNLI stations and local search agencies if requested to do so.

Lifeboat Operations Manager, Gerard O’Donnell commenting on this milestone said “we are delighted to reach 25 years of public service and to invite people to experience the workings of Fenit Lifeboat Station. The uppermost thought at the station is to save lives at sea and offer assistance to bring as people to safety as possible. This will be an enjoyable family day and an opportunity to raise awareness of safety at sea”.

Gerard also urged people to be as prepared as possible when going to sea and if there is ever any doubt about safety to either dial 999 or 112 and ask for the coast guard.

The open day will take place on Sunday next, 8th September from 12pm – 6pm and all are welcome to join them. For more advice on how to float and other water safety advice visit RespectTheWater.com

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