Duke of Kent unveils new Lough Erne RNLI base
The RNLI's first permanent inland lifeboat station in Northern Ireland has received the Royal seal of approval.
The Duke of Kent paid tribute to the bravery of the 40 volunteers at Enniskillen RNLI as he officially opened their new boathouse at Carrybridge on Upper Lough Erne.
"They do it because they are courageous, selfless, trustworthy and reliable - they embody the values of the RNLI. They give freely and expect little in return," he said.
The new boathouse was made possible thanks to the donation of the site by the late George Johnston, whose farmland fronted the River Erne.
Lifeboat Operations Manager Tom Bailey revealed that last year alone, Enniskillen RNLI launched 59 times, bringing 57 people to safety.
He described the station as "one of the busiest in Ireland".