Thu Jul 30, 2015 9:22 am
Didn't know where to post this but felt it might be of interest to people. On an ill judged holiday in Achill a few weeks ago, one of the highlights was an open day run by the Achill RNLI. It included a tour of the centre, a BBQ and of particular interest, a guided tour of the Trent class boat by the Coxswain (who is from Ballinteer!). The boat is an amazing piece of kit, and virtually unsinkable. The guys were exceptionally modest (didn't have the gumption to ask how many medals for bravery the crew holds and embarrass them in public but I know its quite a few) and it was a great experience - the boys are still talking about it. The four point racing harnesses in each air cushioned chair (each adjustable to the occupants weight - oh dear!) really explained in graphic terms what kind of conditions these guys and the local GP go out in...
So if you get a chance to visit your local RNLI station, I'd encourage it as a great experience and its no harm to drop a few quid in their collection box. Here's why - the boat has 1700 HP in two engines and what struck me was the fuel consumption. Its 3000 litres of fuel last only 20 hours at full speed. When you look at the kit on the boat, the boat itself and all its equipment, and listen to what they have to say about what dangerous conditions are and how seemingly innocuous some of it can be, you realise that the cheapest thing on the boat is the actual crew. You can not but leave impressed by it all, so next time you see a collection box, do the right thing...
Maybe we should look to organise a competition / fundraiser - I know we've done it in the past?
Thu Jul 30, 2015 2:31 pm
The lads in the rnli do a great job,I got to see first hand how they work last year when we were rescued by them
Last year I was out fishing on a boat with 3 other lads in mannin bay south of clifden,I won't mention any names because the 3 lads are part of the clifden rnli and are still getting slagged about it
We anchored up in the middle of the bay and when we decided to head in one of the lads tried to start the engine and notting happened they spend a good while trying to get it going
Finally they put in the call for the life boat
What surprised me is how quick they got out to us from the time the 3 pagers went off on the boat,it's a great service to have because you never know when you might need them
Also malin head coast guard did a great job,first they contacted us to see how many were on board and to see if we were all wearing life jackets and then kept in touch with us all the time till we were back on shore
Don't be afraid to call 999 or 112 if you ever need the rnli they are only glad to help out
The rnli depend on fundraising to keep it going and that is why I am helping organise the biggest ray in bay on the 22nd of August
I have to try pay back the petrol money some how lol
Wed Mar 23, 2016 12:43 am
These guys have my utmost respect. Besides the 'saving peoples lives' part of their vocation there is the darker side that has them recovering suicides,drownings and other fatalaties. I speak from personal experience of this and i was so grateful for the work they done.utter professionals to a man.
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