Sunday, 15 July 2012 10:13
Lifeboat Open Day 2012
Crew-members who operate on a fully-voluntary basis will be demonstrating various items of rescue equipment and the All-Weather lifeboat (ALB) the "RNLB Anna Livia" will be alongside offering close-up views of this €2 million rescue craft.
There are two lifeboats at Dun Laoghaire, the Trent class ALB and a D-Class ILB (Inshore lifeboat) of the new IB1-type that was delivered to the 209-year old station and named in 2011 by Mrs. Kathy Kenny, wife of RTE presenter Pat Kenny. This lifeboat, named ‘Realt Na Mara’ was funded by the generosity of a family in Dublin.
The station’s shop selling souvenirs and other lifeboat-related items will also be open, helping to raise funds for this voluntary service. The Sea Safety team, part of the RNLI’s stated aim of improving safety at sea through education and information can also take bookings for the free ‘Free Safety Information at Sea’ service that assists small-craft owners.
The Dun Laoghaire RNLI station is one of 43 based in the Ireland division, operating 55 lifeboats that launched on 980 occasions and rescued 905 people in 2011. Dun Laoghaire is regularly amongst the busiest and last year launched on 37 occasions and assisted 27 people. The year to date has been busy with almost 30 calls to the end of June.
You can receive alerts directly to your own PC desktop whenever the lifeboat launches on a rescue. The RNLI has a unique 'Virtual Pager' that will tell you whenever a station's crew has received a call on their own paging system.
For operational reasons, there is a delay of several minutes between the the real pager alert and the Virtual Pager going off. We also ask you not to go to the station while an operation is in progress. Click here for more details.