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A young man recently walked into Mayo without any fanfare but with the sole aim to continue his marathon walk to raise funds for the RNLI; a charity close to his heart. The 23-year-old Kent native is well on his way to smashing a £20,000 fundraising target which will see vital funds raised for the lifeboats. When he set out 649 days ago Alex Ellis-Roswell planned to walk along the British coastline only but he changed his mind and boarded a ferry to Belfast last year to add the beautiful Irish coastline on to his journey. When he finishes he will have walked the entire length of the Irish and UK coastlines.
Ballyglass RNLI has rescued three fishermen off the Mayo coast this morning, following a ten hour call out. The volunteer lifeboat crew was requested to launch their all-weather lifeboat at 7.45pm yesterday evening (Sunday, April 24) after a member of the public who was standing on the shore saw a vessel drifting and raised the alarm.
The crews of Lough Ree RNLI lifeboat and Irish Coast Guard helicopter participated in a joint training exercise on Lough Ree on April 10.
Lifeboat crews from Achill RNLI and Ballyglass RNLI took part in the Easter Sunday 1916 centenary commemoration which saw some 700 members of the Irish emergency services taking part in the State parade. Ballyglass RNLI coxswain John Walsh and Achill RNLI second coxswain Dave Curtis joined 50 of the charity’s volunteers and staff who came from lifeboat stations around the Irish coast and inland to parade through Dublin city centre to mark the centenary of the Easter Rising. Dave Curtis carried the RNLI’s flag for the charity in the parade.
Lough Ree RNLI received two calls for assistance over the Easter weekend, as improving weather and brighter evenings herald the start of the boating season.
Lough Ree RNLI lifeboat crew received their first callout of 2016 on Sunday, January 3, when a man living aboard a barge was marooned by a strong river current on the Shannon in Athlone.
Volunteers from Lough Ree RNLI were called to assist two people on September 30 after their motor cruiser ran aground on a shoal near Green Island on Lough Ree.
Lough Ree RNLI lifeboat crew received their first callout of 2015 last Saturday, April18 after a 37 foot hire cruiser ran aground on Wood Shoal, near Lecarrow.
The Irish United Nations Veterans Association (IUNVA) made donations amounting to €5,000 at the function, to 10 local charities and organisations, and also distributed food hampers valued at €200 each to 10 other charities in the Athlone, Moate, and Clara areas.
A special ecumenical service will be held at Knock Shrine next weekend to celebrate the life saving work of RNLI volunteers over the last 190 years.