Ballycotton RNLI Family Fun Day 2012

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Ballycotton RNLI lifeboat lends assistance to rib during its Family Fun Day on August bank holiday Sunday

Rescue location     East of Ballycotton lighthouse
Date                5 August at 12:30pm
Craft               5 metres Rib with 4 persons on board

THE ANNUAL family fun day was held on Ballycotton pier to raise funds for Ballycotton lifeboat on bank holiday Sunday afternoon, 5 August.  At 12:30 the lifeboat station received a call from a rib with engine failure east of Ballycotton lighthouse and requesting assistance.  The lifeboat crew abandoned their posts on Ballycotton pier and proceeded to the all weather lifeboat moored in the harbour.  The Ballycotton lifeboat, Austin Lidbury, proceeded east of the lighthouse and reached the rib with four persons on board.   The pleasure craft was taken under tow to Ballycotton harbour, where they were closely observed by visitors on the pier attending the fundraising activities.

Rock-the-Boat

Rock-the-Boat

The afternoon was a hit with the many visitors being able to observe a live rescue. Among the afternoon’s activities was “Rock the Boat” which took place at 3:00pm, with in excess of 100 people taking part to fulfil a condition of a sponsor who offered €100 if 100 people or more took part.  A short video clip of this is available to view on the Ballycotton Lifeboat website www.ballycottonlifeboat.org.  At 3:45pm the Waterford based Coast Guard helicopter did a fly-by over the pier.   Conditions were not suitable to demonstrate a lift of a person from the Ballycotton lifeboat which was going through manoeuvres in Ballycotton Bay.

Raft race winners

Raft race winners

At 5pm the visitors moved from the pier to the village to continue the fundraising activities with a wet t-shirt competition in the Blackbird.  The event rounded up a weekend of fundraising events for the Ballycotton RNLI lifeboat, which included a football competition on Thursday evening, a table quiz in the Schooner Bar on Friday and a family treasure hunt and Pitch “n” Putt competition on bank holiday Saturday.  The organisers and volunteer crew appreciated the support they received during the long weekend of fundraising events from both sponsors and supporters.#

ROCK THE BOAT ON THE STREETS OF BALLYCOTTON BELOW

Photographs below from various events on bank holiday Sunday to raise funds for Ballycotton RNLI lifeboat.

Mickie & Minnie Mouse

Mickie & Minnie Mouse

Martina conducting Rock the Boat

Martina conducting Rock the Boat

Ballycotton Lifeboat Station
Ballycotton is a small fishing village 18 miles east of Cork City in the Republic of Ireland. Its flank stations are Youghal to the East (10 miles) and Crosshaven in Cork harbour to the West (14 miles). Both these stations operate Atlantic 75 class lifeboats. Ballycotton is one of the oldest stations in Ireland, being opened in 1858. Browse the history page for more information.

Today, the station (51′ 49.626N   008′ 00.345W ) operates one of the most modern lifeboats in the RNLI’s fleet, The 14m Trent class all weather lifeboat. This Lifeboat has a top speed of 25 knots and a range of 250 miles and carries a crew of six. The lifeboat volunteers who crew the boat and manage the station are proud of their station and record.

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (R.N.L.I) exists to save lives at sea and is entirely supported by voluntary contributions. Registered Charity No CHY2678

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