Lough Derg RNLI ready to give it some welly this Mayday

Lough Derg RNLI is counting down this week to Mayday, the charity’s annual national fundraising campaign.


Now in its second year and running nationwide, from Wednesday 1 to Bank Holiday Monday 6 May, the volunteer crew in Dromineer is asking the public to give it some welly and help the organisation continue to save lives at sea.


With a fun theme in mind, the Mayday appeal is calling on people to lend their support by either purchasing a special RNLI Mayday yellow welly key ring which will be on sale for €2 at various outlets across the country during the campaign or by organising their own yellow welly fundraising event.


The yellow welly is an essential piece of the RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew member’s kit. Waterproof with steel-capped toes, the specially designed boots keep the volunteer crew’s feet warm and dry while also protecting them in dangerous conditions on deck. During gale force winds, rain and ice, keeping a sure footing can literally mean the difference between life and death for volunteers. A pair of yellow wellies for crew members costs €50.


One man who will be encouraging the public to give it some welly this Mayday is Ray Beer who was rescued by the Dromineer lifeboat crew in September 2011.


Recalling the day the lifeboat assisted himself and two others after their yacht capsized and sank close to Hare Island on Lough Derg, Ray said: ‘We were very, very lucky, and there is no doubt that without the assistance of a passing yacht the Red Pepper, her crew, their seamanship and the very efficient RNLI and rescue services we three sailors would not be here today. It goes without saying that we have always supported and always will support in any way we can the RNLI and Rescue Service’s in their endeavour to save lives.’


Colin Knight, Lough Derg RNLI Helm on that rescue, said: ‘These three people were very very lucky; the passing yacht only became aware of their plight when, on tacking, one of sailors heard calls for help on the wind and raised the alarm. The people were in the water for at least 30 minutes, in fairly hostile conditions, when the only boat in the vicinity heard their calls for help. Someone was looking after them that day’.


With the RNLI’s Mayday campaign getting underway next Wednesday, 1 May, the public can also get involved via social media and help the charity raise awareness of its lifesaving. All you have to do is take a photo of yourself holding an RNLI Mayday yellow welly key ring and tweet the phrase ‘I am giving it some welly for the RNLI this Mayday’ remembering to include #RNLIMAYDAY and mentioning @RNLI


For more information on how you can get involved or where you can purchase a key ring, log on to rnli.org/mayday

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