Thursday, 23rd November 2017
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Annual WCRR Lifeboat Calendar 2018

All of the crew at Waterford City River Rescue CRBI would like to thank the Waterford Credit Union and St Dominic Credit Union for sponsoring a month in our Annual WCRR Lifeboat Calendar 2018. Our Annual Calendar is one of our main fundraising events each year and we have been producing our calendar since 2014.

This calendar would not be possible with the generosity of our amazingly generous sponsors and the wonderful photographers that kindly donate their beautiful photographs to us annually. We would like to thank everyone from our community in Waterford and beyond who give us so much support and encouragement in the work we do.

All money raised from our calendar sales goes directly towards the updating our equipment and advanced crew training. This year we will be increasing our calendar number due to the success of our 2017 edition. Any photographers who would like to submit a photograph for use in our 2018 addition please feel free to get in touch with us.

Waterford City River Rescue CRBI is a dedicated group of volunteers that operate a 24/7/365 search and rescue service along the River Suir. We are a declared resource of The Irish Coast Guard and a full member of CRBI (Community Rescue Boast of Ireland).

Remember if you see anyone in difficulty on or near water please call 999/112 and ask for The Coast Guard.

Pat Murphy St Dominic Credit Union on behalf of both Waterford and St Dominic Credit Unions said "the work that Waterford City River Rescue do is tremendous and they are to be admired and congratulated on their wonderful and selfless work 365 days.

These two wreaths were later passed to the Dunmore East Lifeboat “Elizabeth and Ronald”. One of these wreaths was later layed at sea to the memory of R111 which was lost at Tramore in 2000. The other wreath was also layed at sea to the memory of R116 which was lost in Blackrock Island earlier this year. These wreaths were from the RNLI and the Coastguard.

We then had the unveiling of a memorial plaque and seat to the rescue of Captain Kurt Tebbenjohanns. This was the main theme of the Friend and Foe 1917 event that seamen will always honour the code of the sea, that no matter whether Friend or Foe a seaman will always go to the rescue of a fellow seaman in danger. This plaque and seat are also dedicated to the crews of the British minesweepers, George Milburn and the Loch Eye which were sunk in Waterford Harbour in 1917 and the crew of UC44 who also their lives when UC44 was destroyed by one of its own mines. There were wreaths layed at the memorial plaque also by the Barony of Gaultier Historical, and representatives of both the German and British Government

The Blessing of the Boats was performed by Rev. Fr Power and Very Rev. Dean Maria Jansson. Finally wreaths were passed to the Lifeboat by the Barony of Gaultier Historical Society and Commander Dicker of the LE Orla.

The events were attended by relatives of Jack McGrath from Canada and Australia and representatives of many local and national organisations. Fintan Walsh was M. C. for the event.

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