Hun­dreds visit sta­tion for Wick­low RNLI Open Day

Bray People - - NEWS -

AROUND 500 peo­ple at­tended the an­nual Wick­low lifeboat Open day which took place on Sun­day.

Through­out the day vis­i­tors were given guided tours of the sta­tion and a chance to see the two lifeboats up close.

The RNLI Sea Safety team were busy pro­mot­ing safety at sea and or­gan­is­ing free life jacket in­spec­tions while the fundrais­ing branch pro­vided light re­fresh­ments and sold sou­venirs in the lifeboat shop.

There was plenty to see and do with demon­stra­tions and dis­plays by the Coast Guard, Wick­low Fire Ser­vice, Wick­low Am­bu­lance Ser­vice and Wick- low First Re­spon­ders. A high­light of the af­ter­noon was the vis­ual dis­play on the dan­gers of chip pan fires by the fire ser­vice.

The for­mer Wick­low lifeboat JW Archer also at­tracted a lot of at­ten­tion. The ves­sel, which is now privately owned by Hugh Searle, served at Wick­low from 1956 un­til 1987.

The newly-crowned 2017 Wick­low Re­gatta Fes­ti­val Queen, Re­becca Cana­van, called in dur­ing the af­ter­noon for a tour of the lifeboats.

The open day was the cul­mi­na­tion of a very busy week­end for the lifeboat vol­un­teers. On Satur­day, the crew called to Grey­stones for a lo­cal fund- rais­ing event. Later the same af­ter­noon the in­shore lifeboat crew launched and, along with the Coast Guard Heli­copter Res­cue 116 and in chal­leng­ing con­di­tions, brought three peo­ple to safety after they got into dif­fi­cul­ties at Sil­ver Strand beach.

Speak­ing at the open day, the sta­tion’s Op­er­a­tions Man­ager Des Davitt ex­pressed his thanks ‘ to the hun­dreds of peo­ple who came along de­spite the change­able weather to sup­port us.

‘I would like to say thank you to the lo­cal Emergency Ser­vices and all our vol­un­teers for mak­ing the event such a great suc­cess,’ he said.

Cor­mac Doyle and James Col­gan.

Ben, Conor and Nina Carey.

Tadhg and Cadin O’Neill.

Jill Clancy Har­rold with Cookie.

Sean and Noelle Kelly.

Aoife McDer­mott.

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