This weekend past the Connemara Smokehouse took part in the Clifden Lifeboat Raft Race and Watersports Day.
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is a registered charity, its purpose very clear – to Save Lives at Sea. It provides the 24-hour on-call service to cover search and rescue requirements out to 100 nautical miles from the coast of the of Ireland and United Kingdom Republic
The RNLI is independent from Government and continues to rely on voluntary contributions & legacies for its income.
Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboats have saved more than 137,000 lives.
Volunteer crew members readily exchange leisure, comfort and sleep for cold, wet and fatigue. Their lifesaving work is essential, often difficult and sometimes dangerous.
Situated in an area of spectacular scenery, Clifden lifeboat station provides search and rescue cover off the west coast of Ireland. The station operates two inshore lifeboats, a D class and a B class Atlantic 75.
Imagine for a moment that you’re part of the crew on a lifeboat. It’s 2.30am on a freezing January morning and the pager’s just woken you from a deep sleep in a snug warm bed. You then head out to sea in complete darkness and 10m waves rise and fall around you, ready to swamp you at any moment. Strong gale force winds throw the lifeboat around like a toy. A fishing trawler is in difficulties 23 miles out to sea. Everyday people like you and me, volunteer to do this. These boys/girls put their own lives at risk when they go out in these conditions. Just remember they are volunteers, trained to save your life. Support the RNLI, support CLIFDEN RNLI LIFEBOATS & CREW