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Clifden RNLI on exercise with L.E. Orla

An unusual lifeboat training exercise took place yesterday (Sunday August 14th 2016) off the Connemara coastline, involving the Irish Naval Vessel LE Orla and the volunteer crews of the Clifden RNLI lifeboats.

In calm conditions, the RNLI volunteers and Naval crew cooperated on a number of training exercises, beginning with a 'man overboard' scenario, in which the casualty was transferred by hoist from the LE Orla to the RNLI Mersey all weather lifeboat Fishermans Friend. A RIB from the naval vessel was then recovered in the water and towed by the Clifden Atlantic 85.

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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

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