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Our station housing our D class, dry suits and our crew room has had to be closed down but both our lifeboats remain on service. The station is on Clifden Quay and is adjoining what is known as the Old Grain Store, a listed building constructed about the same time as Clifden Quay. The roof of the Grain Store was removed some years ago and unfortunately the old rubble walls are slowly collapsing. Some of the rubble has landed on our roof and more of it on the street below causing the RNLI to deem it unsafe for us to use the station until the Grain Store has been repaired.
We have moved the D class rig plus all our protective equipment to the Atlantice 75 station at Clifden Beach which is now very cramped but at least we have managed to keep both boats on service. The move took place on 13th Jan. At the moment we are awaiting two containers to house the administration and the protective equipment and when they arrive the congestion in the A75 boat house will be eased a bit. We have advised the coast guard that our response time will be a little longer than normal as everything must be taken out of the station in order even if its all not required.
The RNLI are in ongoing discussions with Galway County Council concerning the grain store and we are hoping that we will be allowed back into our station as soon as possible as the current arrangements are awkward and difficult for the crew and we are not able to respond as fast as we should to emergencies.
RNLI training officer Helena Duggan spent the day with us on 23 feb doing surf training in the D class on Dunloughin Beach. We havenít done surf training before as we donít have much surf in our area but Dunloughin has become very popular with surfers and while it is probably the only place where we can expect to encounter surf its increased use warranted the training. The 18 crew who took part enjoyed the day and learnt lots about awareness and boat handling in