Union Hall RNLI volunteer reflects on community loss and a personal challenge in West Cork
In the latest edition of 200 Voices, the RNLI podcast, Pamela Deasy has vivid memories of January 2012 and the loss of five crew on a fishing trawler in Glandore Harbour and the subsequent establishment of a lifeboat station at Union Hall.
In My Lifeline, Pamela, who is volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer at Union Hall RNLI remembers the morning the 'Tit Bonhomme’ floundered on Adam Island at the entrance to Glandore Harbour with the loss of five crew. She recalls the month-long search to recover the bodies of the lost fishermen and a letter she wrote to the RNLI appealing for a lifeboat station at Union Hall.
This year, in September 2024, Union Hall RNLI will celebrate its 10th birthday supported by a team of volunteers and fantastic community support and fundraising.
In 2019 Pamela was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and in the podcast, which marks 200 years of the RNLI, she tells the story of her personal battle and recovery supported by the ‘RNLI family’ and eased by the comforting presence of the sea.
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The unique podcast series hears from people connected to the RNLI in Ireland and those whose lives have been touched by the lifesaving charity. Hear from locals with a special kinship to their lifeboat station, a crew member who’s been on service for a generation, or the family of someone rescued by an RNLI frontline lifesaver – each episode is sure to take the listener on a journey through a touching story.
The charity has been saving lives at sea since it was founded in 1824 and, in that time, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 144,000 lives. Funded by voluntary donations, and with lifeboats crewed by specially-trained volunteers, the RNLI is a truly unique rescue organisation with an incredible 200-year story to tell – many highlights of which are shared through the podcast series.
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