Lough Ree RNLI crew assisted 153 people in 2022

Fundraising Table Quiz on Thursday

The year just ended was a significant one for Lough Ree RNLI, both on and off the water. 2022 witnessed the opening of the charity’s state-of-the-art lifeboat station, while on the water, the volunteer crew responded to 47 call-outs during the year.

Launching in all types of weather, in daylight and in darkness, the crew assisted 153 people in 2022 on board 45 boats. In two cases, assistance was given to members of the public who encountered difficulties in the waters of Lough Ree.

Lough Ree RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager Kevin Ganly commented: “The good news is that all of the calls to assistance had a positive outcome, with all members of the public and the volunteer crews coming home safely”.

Lough Ree RNLI welcomed sixteen new volunteers in the past year and now has almost fifty people giving their time and skills to the charity’s operation at Coosan Point. The charity is entirely dependent on the public to support the operation on Lough Ree, so their contribution is much appreciated.

With nineteen volunteers on the boat crew, the cost of equipment and training is a significant annual expense. While the initial cost of the charity’s lifeboat ‘Tara Scougall’ was €339k, to keep the boat in service for its lifetime will incur a total cost of €797k. The cost of kitting out a crew member is €4,167, while annual training for each volunteer is €1,667.

Lough Ree RNLI Treasurer, Vincent Rafter, said:  “The charity is most grateful to the members of the public who made donations and organised fundraising events for Lough Ree RNLI in 2022, especially the €100k raised locally for the new lifeboat station. The continued support of the community and annual donors remains critical to the provision of the lifesaving service”.

At 7.30 pm on Thursday, January 5th, Lough Ree RNLI will host a fundraising table quiz in The Bounty at Buccaneers RFC, Athlone. Tables of four cost €40 and the charity looks forward to welcoming back friends and supporters after the hiatus caused by the pandemic.