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New Midlands Lifeboat Station Opens Its Doors

The new facility gives visitors an insight into the charity’s daily work while providing a panoramic view of Lough Ree.

A midlands lifeboat station at Coosan Point is welcoming visitors to attend public tours of its’ new facility.

The volunteer crew, led by Station Visits Officer Paul Kelly, have been guiding visitors through the new RNLI facility for the past month.

Visitors can expect to observe the wide views of Lough Ree and may even witness the work of the charity first-hand during their tours, with guests on one recent visit experiencing the volunteer crew’s call to assist a stricken cruiser on the lake during the visit.

The new facility is also attracting an international audience, with a group of French Secondary School students recently visiting the facility as part of an educational tour to Ireland.

Station Visits Officer Paul Kelly says that: ‘the charity looks forward to welcoming visitors of all generations to the Lifeboat Station. It is hoped to facilitate a number of visits each month with a waiting list already growing.’

The official opening of the RNLI station will take place alongside the naming of the charity’s lifeboat ‘Tara Scougall’ on Saturday 11 June at 2pm.

RNLI volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue serviced around Ireland and the UK, with 46 lifeboat stations in Ireland. Since the charity was founded in 1824, the charity has saved over 142,200 lives.

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