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The volunteer crews from the RNLI go to sea hundreds of times a year to help those in danger off the Irish coast, often in terrible conditions. One recent rescue in Fenit saw the inshore lifeboat launched to go to the aid of a fishing vessel in Tralee Bay, as it was having difficulties in thick fog. The lifeboat successfully found the disorientated oyster fishing boat, with three crew members aboard, then produced to discover two further oyster fishing boats, also struggling in the fog. The good news was all three were escorted safely back into the harbour.
The last two year's were the busiest in the RNLI's history, but income is in danger of not keeping pace. The volunteers give amazing amounts of skill, courage and time. Last year lifeboat crews rescued 813 people from the seas around the Irish coastline, and they are ready to go to sea whatever the conditions, and are on call 24 hours a day. But they can't do this without your help. The RNLI are a charity and rely on donations to keep the lifeboat service running.
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution run 43 lifeboat stations around Ireland, and to make sure crews have the right equipment and training to save lives they need your help. Therefore, the RNLI are looking for donations from the public, if you can give a donation please forward it to RNLI Fundraising Appeal, RNLI Ireland, Dept. AA1280, PO Box 4214, Freepost, Dublin 2.