Volunteer lifeboat crews are getting ready for what they expect will be a busy summer with people continuing to holiday at home.
As the RNLI launches its Mayday Mile fundraiser their figures for 2020 show that the volunteer crew at Clogherhead lifeboat station launched 18 times last year and brought 18 people to safety. Seven of those launches were carried out in the hours of darkness.
Nationally, over half (53%) of the charity’s 945 lifeboat launches took place in the months of June, July and August. Volunteer lifeboat crews are getting ready for what they expect will be a busy summer with people continuing to holiday at home.
Last year, with the country dealing with restrictions put in place to fight the pandemic, lifeboat crews were still busy, bringing 1,145 people to safety.
The RNLI’s Mayday campaign begins on Saturday 1 May and runs throughout the month. Lifesavers are calling on supporters to join the Mayday Mile and cover the distance for the charity in any way they chose to raise vital funds to help lifeboat crews continue their work. Sign up at RNLI.org/SupportMayday
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Clogherhead RNLI station lifeboat mechanic Padraig Rath said ‘Despite a lockdown and a number of months where people did not travel very far, our lifeboat crew still launched 18 times and rescued 18 people.
“Thank you to everyone who supports the work of the lifeboat crews, especially during this challenging time. Over the last year our lifeboat has remained operational and lifeboat crew have worn PPE on callouts.
“We are so grateful for the support we receive and while this year’s Mayday will be a bit different, it will continue to help us save lives at sea. Please stay safe this Summer on the water and don’t hesitate for call for help if you see someone in trouble.”
To sign up for the Mayday Mile, or to make a donation in support of the RNLI’s lifesavers, visit RNLI.org/supportMayday
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