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Dessie Bradley and Fintan Lowney from the Aer Lingus Divers being handed the keys for the craft by Gary Fyffe of Redbay Boats.

Dessie Bradley and Fintan Lowney from the Aer Lingus Divers being handed the keys for the craft by Gary Fyffe of Redbay Boats.

Dessie Bradley and Fintan Lowney from the Aer Lingus Divers being handed the keys for the craft by Gary Fyffe of Redbay Boats.

AER Lingus Divers are celebrating the arrival of a brand new boat that was part funded by the National Lottery and built to the club's specifications by an Irish manufacturer.

The club has finally taken possession of the new 6.5 metre rib which is set to benefit not only the Aer Lingus Divers, but the wider community too, as it is made available for training courses and search and rescue operations. There are members of the club already trained in search and rescue and the number with those skills is set to increase with the arrival of the new boat. Contact numbers for the club will be passed to gardaí and coastguards on the Fingal coastline and the club is ready and willing to assist in search and rescue efforts when called upon. The club also hopes to bring the joys of scuba diving to the community far beyond the club membership. One of the programmes designed by the club is aimed at introducing adventure skills to scuba diving. The new boat was made possible through a grant of € 28,000 from the National Lottery which the club gratefully received last year.

At that time, President of the club, Dessie Bradley spoke to the Fingal Independent, expressing his delight over the news that the club could go ahead and order the new state-ofthe-art craft. He said: ' We are absolutely over the moon. We are delighted we got it and the money will benefit the wider community as well as the club itself.'

Last week, Mr Bradley and Fintan Lowney took possession of the boat and were handed the keys by Gary Fyffe of Redbay Boats, who custom-built the rib for the club.


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