Wicklow RNLI Open Day takes place this Sunday

Photo: Tommy Dover/RNLI Wicklow

Wicklow RNLI Lifeboat Station will hold its Annual Open day this Sunday 29th July from 11am to 4pm.

There will be plenty to see and do with demonstrations and displays from Wicklow Community First Responders, Gardai, Wicklow Fire Service and many Local emergency services.

A highlight of the afternoon will be the visual display on the dangers of chip pan fires by the fire service

The former Wicklow lifeboat JW Archer will also be on display alongside the East pier. The lifeboat, which is now privately owned by Hugh Searle, served at Wicklow from 1956 until 1987.

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.

“I would like to thank you all for your support and invite everyone down to the station on Sunday to see the boats and equipment, have a cup of tea and meet the volunteer crews.

“This will probably be the last Open Day for our lifeboat RNLB Annie Blaker as she is due for retirement from the RNLI fleet at the end of the year.

I would also like to take this opportunity to offer our sincere thanks and appreciation to our Lifeboat Medical Advisor, Dr, Nick Byrne, who has just retired, for his commitment to the lifeboat service in Wicklow for almost 30 years.”

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