History made as Kilrush RNLI team up with Coast Guard on major exercise

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Author: Pauline Dunleavy, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer at Kilrush RNLI

Kilrush RNLI’s volunteer crew members travelled to Lahinch in County Clare on Tuesday evening (28 August) to carry out an exercise with members of the Coast Guard from the divisions of Doolin and Killaloe.

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Joining them were members of Galway RNLI and Lahinch Rescue.

History was made in that this was the first time that both rescue teams came together.

The evening was co-ordinated by team leader Mattie Shannon, Doolin Coast Guard and after a briefing with the attendance of 43, teams were divided and the exercise began.

It was an exercise that involved launching two D-class ribs with crew.

Members were transferred to a moored boat where they were asked to carry out a capsize drill.

In the meantime the remaining crew went to pick a casualty from the water and bring him ashore, placed him on a stretcher and transferred him safely to awaiting members.

Speaking after the exercise, Pauline Dunleavy, Kilrush RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer said: ‘It was most important to keep our training up to speed so that when the time does come to assist or save someone, we will be fully aware of the procedure ahead of us. Team work like that used this evening can only benefit such a call out’.

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