Saturday 23 March 2019

Last open day for the Annie Blaker

Matt Doyle at the Wicklow RNLI open day.
Matt Doyle at the Wicklow RNLI open day.
Twins Michael and Joseph Mulvihill with their parents, Vinnie Mulvihill and Amy O’Neill, and grandfather Joe Hanlon.
Joint Wicklow Regatta Festival Queen Casey Kelly with Cynthia Nolan and Gill Clancy.

Myles Buchanan

The Wicklow Lifeboat Station was full of activity on Sunday for the annual RNLI open day.

Young visitors in particular were enthralled by the tour of the station and also got a chance to enjoy demonstrations and displays from Wicklow Community First Responders, the local gardaí, Garda Water Unit, Wicklow Fire Services and other local emergency services.

The former Wicklow lifeboat 'JW Archer' was on display along the East Pier. The vessel is now privately owned by Hugh Searle but served Wicklow from 1956 to 1987.

A highlight of the afternoon was a demonstration of the dangers of a chip pan fire carried out by the fire services.

It was also more than likely the last open day to feature the lifeboat 'RNLB Annie Blaker' which is due for retirement from the RNLI fleet at the end of the year.

Speaking about the open day, Lifeboat Operations Manager, Des Davitt said: 'Wicklow RNLI Lifeboat crews launch on average 25 times a year rescuing over 30 people, sometimes in very inhospitable conditions and stormy seas. Without the support of the people, organisations and business of the area this would not be possible'.

He also offered his sincere thanks and appreciation to Lifeboat Medical Advisor, Dr Nick Byrne, who has just retired, for his commitment to the lifeboat service in Wicklow for almost 30 years.

Wicklow People