Mem­o­ries of 1977 res­cue at fundraiser for the RNLI

Wexford People - - NEWS - By ANNA HAYES

THE RE­LA­TION­SHIP be­tween the lo­cal RNLI and the pub­lic came full cir­cle re­cently as three men, who were res­cued by Ross­lare Lifeboat 40 years ago, held a fundraiser in Ho­tel Cur­r­a­cloe for their res­cuers.

Brothers Ai­dan and John Doyle, along with Tommy Roche, were her­ring fish­ing off the Black­wa­ter to Ross­lare coast on Novem­ber 17, 1977 when the wind picked up and they got into dif­fi­culty. Gale force winds re­sulted in their boat be­ing swept miles out to sea.

Un­be­liev­ably, the three men sent a dis­tress sig­nal us­ing a pocket torch, which was spot­ted by an­other ves­sel closer to shore and they raised the alarm.

The Ross­lare lifeboat was de­ployed and the three men were res­cued.

40 years on, they marked the oc­ca­sion with a so­cial evening in Ho­tel Cur­r­a­cloe, with fin­ger food, mu­sic and a raf­fle en­ter­tain­ing the hun­dreds of peo­ple who at­tended, in­clud­ing crew mem­ber Tony Ke­hoe who was on the lifeboat that res­cued the men in 1977.

While a fi­nal figure had not been cal­cu­lated, Ross­lare RNLI PRO Jamie Ryan be­lieved that some­where be­tween €17,000 and €20,000 had been raised from the event, re­fer­ring to it as a ‘tremen­dous con­tri­bu­tion’ from the com­mu­nity.

Mr. Ryan added that it was a fundraiser that the trio had been plan­ning for a few months, adding that they had held fundrais­ers for them in pre­vi­ous years.

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