Despite the wet weather, the small community at Union Hall, Co Cork, showed up in large numbers on June 25 to attend the naming and inauguration of the new Atlantic 85 lifeboat B-924 Christine and Raymond Fielding at the harbor, Nicholas reports Leach.
The new lifeboat was funded through the generous legacy of the late Dr. Raymond Fielding, who along with his wife Christine was an avid sailor.
After Christine died in 2012, Raymond decided to fund a lifeboat in her memory. Unfortunately, he died in 2016, so he never got to see his legacy. After spending many happy days in Union Hall, he requested that some of his ashes be scattered at the western end of the pier, near the lifeboat station.
During the ceremony, the lifeboat was formally handed over by Eddie Fitzgerald, who represented the donors, and accepted by John Killeen, who in turn handed over the boat to Union Hall RNLI.
The inauguration service was led by Pastor Chris Peters and Father Gerard Thornton, after which Bill Deasy, Union Hall RNLI boat house chief, christened the lifeboat, where champagne was poured over the bow of one of the station’s longest-serving crew members.
The lifeboat station in the fishing village of Union Hall, located between Courtmacsherry and Baltimore on the south west coast of Ireland, is a relatively young station that was founded in 2014 to fill a gap in lifesaving coverage between the two all-weather stations. .
Since its inception, Union Hall has been serviced by a number of used Atlantic 75 lifeboats, with the new Atlantic 85 taking over operational duties on 24 June last year.
The arrival of the B-924 ended an era for RNLI in the country as the new boat took over from what was the last Atlantic 75 in operation in Ireland.
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