Lifeboat Open Day 2012

Lifeboat Open Day 2012

Dun Laoghaire RNLI’s sea rescue facilities will be open for public access on Sunday 22nd July (11am to 5pm) when both lifeboats stationed there will be on display.  Guided tours, sea safety advice and the ever-popular model boat display will provide something for adults and children alike.

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.

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The RNLI in Dun Laoghaire Lifeboats have been based on Dublin Bay for more than 200 years and this service is one of the oldest in the world. The RNLI is a charity operated locally by volunteers with the support of professional staff experts. The RNLI has one primary aim: to save lives at sea.
For Emergencies at sea: Dial 999 or 112 and ask for Marine Rescue
For routine calls: Dun Laoghaire Station: + 353 1 280 2667
RNLI Divisional BaseAirside
Co Dublin
Telephone + 353 1 8951800
Fax + 353 1 8951801
Location The Lifeboat Station
Harbour Road
Dun Laoghaire
Co. Dublin