8 October 2007
thWicklow RNLI to name new lifeboat on 150 ; The RNLI is a registered charity, which saves lives at anniversary sea. ; It provides, on call, the 24-thWicklow RNLI celebrate their 150 anniversary this year hour service necessary to cover search and rescue and are marking this special occasion by naming their requirements to 100 nautical miles out from the brand new D-class inshore lifeboat this Saturday 13 coasts of the United Kingdom and the Republic October 2007 at 2.30pm at Wicklow lifeboat station. The of Ireland. lifeboat has been donated by a group of Norfolk singers
; There are 43 RNLI stations called the Sheringham Shantymen. The lifeboat is to be in Ireland operating 55 lifeboats named in their honour at the ceremony. ; There are over 230 lifeboat The new D-Class inshore lifeboat is mostly used in daylight hours to stations. respond to callouts in the local area with a crew of two or three persons.
; The RNLI further saves It is fast and light, can be used in surf or shallow waters and also in lives through sea and confined locations. It has a speed of 25 knots and has an endurance of beach education. nearly 3 hours. It will complement the station’s all weather Tyne class
lifeboat Annie Lydia Blaker. ; The RNLI depends on voluntary contributions and legacies for its income. The new ?35,000 lifeboat has been made possible through a donation from the Sheringham Shantymen, who have raised the funding through Vision sea shanty concerts and the sale of CDs. They will be present at the naming ceremony on Saturday to officially hand over care of the lifeboat To be recognised universally as the most effective, to the RNLI and to provide the singing. innovative and dependable lifeboat service. Musical Director of the Sheringham Shantymen and Lifeboat Operations RNLI Ireland Manager for Sheringham RNLI lifeboat, Brian Farrow, is very excited Airside about their upcoming visit to Wicklow, “ We are delighted that the lifeboat Swords Co. Dublin is going to Wicklow and that we will be there in person to hand it over. Tel: 01 8900 460 When we decided a few years ago to raise funds for a lifeboat we had no Fax: 01 8900 458 idea where it would be stationed. To learn that it would be in Wicklow rnli.ie th during their 150 celebrations makes it a very special occasion. To mark the event we have even produced special shirts to wear at the ceremony.” Registered charity number CHY 2678 Wicklow RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager Des Davitt is also looking forward to the event, “ Every naming ceremony for a new lifeboat is a thspecial occasion but with Wicklow celebrating its 150 anniversary and
also being the first lifeboat station in Ireland to receive a motorised lifeboat back in 1911 we are used to big occasions. We will be delighted to welcome our very generous benefactors, The Sheringham Shantymen. The new lifeboat has already been out saving lives at sea.”
The RNLI in Wicklow are hoping for a huge turnout on Saturday and everyone is welcome at the lifeboat station.
Further Information contact Tommy Dover Wicklow Lifeboat Press Officer Tel: 087-2183970 or RNLI Media Manager Niamh Stephenson Tel: 087-1254124
Notes for Editor
; The RNLI is a charity, which exists to save lives at sea
; It provides, on call, a 24-hour lifeboat search and rescue service
to 100 nautical miles out from the coast of Ireland and the UK.
; In 2007 Wicklow lifeboats launched 20 times and rescued 27
; To date this year Wicklow Lifeboats have launched on service 21
times rescuing 38 people.
; Ireland’s first motor lifeboat came to Wicklow in 1911 and was
named Robert Theophilus Garden and spent 26 years at Wicklow