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    <H1>Nearly 1,000 rescued at sea in 2006</H1> @@@@SPAN =storyDate>Wednesday, 21 February 2007 10:06@@@@/SPAN> </DIV>
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    Irish lifeboats rescued nearly 1,000 people last year responding to over 900 emergencies at sea.


    The annual report of the RNLI says the most common call-out was to power boats.


    Senior lifeboat inspector in Ireland, Colin Williams said the voluntary crews deserved the greatest praise for saving so many lives and that new technology developed for lifeboats enables a faster response to emergencies.
    <DIV id=story_island>An average of 19 people a week were rescued by lifeboats last year.</DIV>


    The annual lifeboat statistics show that Bangor in Co Down and Dún Laoghaire in Dublin were the busiest coastal stations.


    The two RNLI inland stations at Lough Derg in Co Tipperary and Enniskillen in Co Fermanagh were also busy, with a total of 57 launches between them and 102 people rescued.


    There were 237 emergency calls from powered pleasure craft, 125 from yachts, but only 16 from commercial shipping.


    Fishing vessels also kept the lifeboats busy with 173 calls for help.


    As all these people are volunteers I must say that they do an exceptional job.
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    26/06/2007 - 2:40:27 PM


    Island's lifeboat crew to be honoured for rescue


    An island’s lifeboat crew is to be honoured for a daring 21-hour rescue of a disabled yachtsman off the Co Donegal coast two years ago.


    The eight-man RNLI Arranmore Lifeboat risked their lives to pluck Londoner Keith White from stormy seas as his vessel repeatedly capsized.


    The 57-year-old, who lost the use of his left arm in a motorbike accident 14 years ago, was attempting to sail single-handedly around the British Isles.


    RNLI chiefs will tomorrow award coveted ’Letters of Thanks’ to the voluntary crew who all hail from Arranmore Island.


    “These awards are very rare and Arranmore Island is very proud of this achievement,” said Arranmore Lifeboat spokeswoman Nora Flanagan.


    White was rescued in July 2005 after a massive search operation involving two helicopters from the Irish Coastguard, an RAF Nimrod plane from Scotland, the Celtic Explorer research vessel and several local trawlers.


    White initially refused to be airlifted to safety and opted to remain on his boat, the Nephele.


    The RNLI Arranmore lifeboat then attached a tow rope to his yacht amid 11-metre waves and eventually tugged him to the mainland.


    White was treated in hospital for a cracked rib sustained during the 21-hour ordeal.


    The Irish Coastguard helicopter from Sligo also sustained storm damage during the operation and had to land in Tory Island for repairs.


    White was sailing around the British Isles to raise money for various charities, including the RNLI.


    The RNLI Arranmore Lifeboat was established in 1883 and celebrated its 120th anniversary in 2003.


    White and several of the personnel involved in the rescue are expected to attend tomorrow’s presentation event in the Lifeboat Station on Arranmore Island.
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      #3
      An excellent organisation [img]smileys/thumb-up.gif[/img]

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        #4
        Originally posted by McCloud

        26/06/2007 - 2:40:27 PM


        Island's lifeboat crew to be honoured for rescue*


        An island’s lifeboat crew is to be honoured for a daring 21-hour rescue of a disabled yachtsman off the Co Donegal coast two years ago.


        The eight-man RNLI Arranmore Lifeboat risked their lives to pluck Londoner Keith White from stormy seas as his vessel repeatedly capsized.


        The 57-year-old, who lost the use of his left arm in a motorbike accident 14 years ago, was attempting to sail single-handedly around the British Isles.


        RNLI chiefs will tomorrow award coveted ’Letters of Thanks’ to the voluntary crew who all hail from Arranmore Island.


        “These awards are very rare and Arranmore Island is very proud of this achievement,” said Arranmore Lifeboat spokeswoman Nora Flanagan.


        White was rescued in July 2005 after a massive search operation involving two helicopters from the Irish Coastguard, an RAF Nimrod plane from Scotland, the Celtic Explorer research vessel and several local trawlers.


        White initially refused to be airlifted to safety and opted to remain on his boat, the Nephele.


        The RNLI Arranmore lifeboat then attached a tow rope to his yacht amid 11-metre waves and eventually tugged him to the mainland.


        White was treated in hospital for a cracked rib sustained during the 21-hour ordeal.


        The Irish Coastguard helicopter from Sligo also sustained storm damage during the operation and had to land in Tory Island for repairs.


        White was sailing around the British Isles to raise money for various charities, including the RNLI.


        The RNLI Arranmore Lifeboat was established in 1883 and celebrated its 120th anniversary in 2003.


        White and several of the personnel involved in the rescue are expected to attend tomorrow’s presentation event in the Lifeboat Station on Arranmore Island.
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          #5


          the primary beneficiery of my annual charitable donations.


          particularly the jar on the counter in bushes in baltimore. god knows how much ive thrown into that thing on happy drunk nights
          "Some people don't know their easy lives... I wouldn't be so ungrateful" - Fiacre Ryan - #AutismAndMe

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            Any night in Bushes is a happy drunk night.
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              #7


              yep. lots of happy nights, lots of happy donations
              "Some people don't know their easy lives... I wouldn't be so ungrateful" - Fiacre Ryan - #AutismAndMe

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                #8
                Indeed don't mind putting money there way. Lot of respect. They do some nice Christmas cards as well done by the legend Giles.
                Excellence is hard to keep quite - Sherrie Coale

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                  #9


                  i get those cards as well when i can alright. there was an article years ago about the lifeboat work during the fastet race where a storm hit the boats very badly. some of the crew were out for something like 40 hours.


                  actually i'll have a google,,,,


                  sorry, they were involved in that but they were at sea for 26 hours for a different case here:


                  http://www.baltimorelifeboat.ie/history.html


                  In 1992, a Bronze Medal awarded to Coxswain Kieran Cotter in recognition of his determination, skill and fine seamanship, and Framed Letters of Appreciation signed by the Chairman of the Institution to Assistant Mechanic Vincent O'Driscoll and crew members Ronald Carthy, Michael O'Regan, Aidan Bushe and Ciaran Sweeney for their support, when the lifeboat The Good Shepherd, on temporary duty at Baltimore, rescued 15 people and saved the Spanish fishing vessel Japonica which had suffered engine failure 20 miles west of the Fastnet Rock in storm force winds on the night of 30/31 October 1991. As the casualty was driven closer to the rock-bound shore, it was decided to attempt a tow. This was finally achieved after 70 minutes, and the vessel towed with some difficulty to the safety of Bantry Bay. On the return passage the lifeboat put into Castletownbere to land an injured crew member and to change a blocked fuel filter. Whilst waiting for a replacement the lifeboat received information that the yacht Atlantis Adventure was in difficulties south of the Fastnet Rock. The lifeboat was at sea for a period of 26 hours. The Maud Smith Award for the bravest act of life saving in 1991 was made to Coxswain Kieran Cotter for this service.
                  Medal Record: Seven Silver and three Bronze Medals have been awarded. The last being voted in 1992.
                  "Some people don't know their easy lives... I wouldn't be so ungrateful" - Fiacre Ryan - #AutismAndMe

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                    #10
                    Yeah those guys are seriously brave. My cousin is with the Arklow Lifeboat for the last 15/20 years and loves the comaraderie of it. I think he's mad !

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                      #11





                      Sadly they cannot discriminate. So, as well as rescuing the worthy, they must also rescue the type of brainless pond life who decides to swim from Tramore to Newfoundland on an inflatable mattresson a sunny Sunday afternoon, following a bigfeed of Dutch Gold.


                      Lifeboatmen really should be permitted the discretion to allow contendersfor the Darwin Awards to proceed to their date with destiny.
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                        #12
                        Originally posted by Old Dog





                        Sadly they cannot discriminate. So, as well as rescuing the worthy, they must also rescue the type of brainless pond life who decides to swim from Tramore to Newfoundland on an inflatable mattresson a sunny Sunday afternoon, following a bigfeed of Dutch Gold.


                        Lifeboatmen really should be permitted the discretion to allow contendersfor the Darwin Awards to proceed to their date with destiny.


                        Yeah its terrible the way they have to save scum bags and thieves and the like. When did they save Charlie Haughey anyway?
                        "Some people don't know their easy lives... I wouldn't be so ungrateful" - Fiacre Ryan - #AutismAndMe

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                          #13


                          A wonderful organisation that I am proud to be a shoreline member of. Used to do a lot of canoeing, on the sea also, and always felt it would be a good thing to be a member just in case .... Stopped now but have not stopped the sub.


                          Anyone remember the Penlee crew from Mousehole in Cornwall that all perished in a mission off Lands End in the early to mid 80's? I visited Mousehole some years later when in college in Cornwall and the spirit of that crew lives on in strength there.


                          Also, remember the fateful Fastnet race all those years ago too? Lots of lifeboats out that day too.


                          Very brave people.

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                            #14
                            Say that Rescue programme on RTE last night. Very good. Would agree with OD, some of the muppets they have to deal with .... [img]smileys/mad.gif[/img]

                            One question - why is it still @@@@SPAN style="font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;">Royal@@@@/SPAN> National Lifeboat Institution ?

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                              #15


                              RE Fastnet:


                              Wiki site lists only lifeboats from St Marys (Scilly) and Baltimore


                              But I feel sure that Ballycotton, Courtmacsherry and Dunmore East would have launched also


                              (Castletownbere did not have a service back in 79)





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