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RNLI chief: look out for one another in Clare waters this summer

FOLLOWING a busy May Bank Holiday weekend, the new volunteer Lifeboat Operations Manager at Kilrush RNLI Shawna Johnson has appealed to the public to look out for one another in Clare’s waters this summer. “Summer brings more people to the coast, which means more emergency call outs and Kilrush RNLI remains ready to launch should they be required,” said Shawna. This weekend, Kilrush RNLI volunteers launched on two occasions to assist a disabled fishing vessel and a capsized kayaker. On Friday, a fishing vessel with two people onboard called for help after its propeller had become tangled in lobster pots north of Loop Head Lighthouse. Kilrush RNLI located the disabled vessel and took it on tow to Carrigaholt Pier, a distance of approximately 11 nautical miles. On Sunday, volunteers responded to a report that a kayaker had capsized and was unable to recover themselves back into their kayak. A concerned onlooker spotted the casualty in Rinneville Bay, north west of …

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Check-up for lifejackets in Kilrush

KILRUSH RNLI lifeboat crew are holding their station open day this Sunday from 1pm to 5pm. Another big event over the busy weekend will be an opportunity for boating and sailing enthusiasts to have their lifejackets checked. The open day on Sunday allows members of the public to visit the RNLI station, see the lifeboat and, most importantly, meet the crew who volunteer their time to help save lives at sea. Weather permitting, it is hoped to have the Shannon-based rescue helicopter, Rescue 115, along for a display, as well as plenty of other activities. Meanwhile, on Saturday from 7pm to 9pm at Kilrush Marina, there will be a free lifejacket clinic. Members of the public can bring their lifejackets and find out how to wear, check and maintain them. Kilrush RNLI crew are asking people to #RespectTheWater by visiting, where they will find information on coastal hazards, how to keep themselves safe and what to do should they or someone else …

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Search resumes in Bunratty for missing man

Searches are to resume this morning for a man missing in the Bunratty area since Saturday. Gardaí have expressed concerned for the well being of the man in his late 50’s, originally from the Bunratty area but living in Sixmilebridge, who was last seen on Saturday. Volunteers from Bunratty Search and Rescue and locals mounted a search on Saturday evening and they were joined on Sunday morning by the Shannon based Irish Coast Guard helicopter. Volunteers walked the banks of the Ratty River as the operation focused on the river and surrounding waterways. The search also involved Gardaí, the Killaloe, Kilkee and Doolin units of the Irish Coast Guard, Clare Civil Defence and Kilrush RNLI. The Limerick Land Search Team have also been assisting in the search.

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Two rescued from grounded yacht

Two sailors were rescued  after their yacht rang aground in darkness near the entrance to Kilrush Marina. Shortly after midnight, the Kilrush RNLI lifeboat was launched following reports that a 36ft yacht with two people on board had run aground on a falling tide near the entrance to the marina. The lifeboat reached the scene within minutes and the two sailors were taken on board the lifeboat and brought back to the RNLI base at Cappagh.

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