Lough Neagh Rescue host MP

Minister of State at the Department for Transport Robert Goodwill MP enjoys a welcome "cuppa" as members of the Lough Neagh Rescue crew give him a run down of the workings of their rescue vessel. INBT 09-305JC
Minister of State at the Department for Transport Robert Goodwill MP enjoys a welcome "cuppa" as members of the Lough Neagh Rescue crew give him a run down of the workings of their rescue vessel. INBT 09-305JC

Lough Neagh Rescue hosted the UK Transport Minister Robert Goodwill last week.

UK Transport Minister Robert Goodwill was in Northern Ireland on Thursday to meet search and rescue crews and hear how funding awarded over the last couple of years is protecting people from drowning.

He met volunteers from Lough Neagh Rescue in Antrim, which has received more than £70,000 since the UK government’s rescue boat fund was launched in 2014 to 2015.

Lagan Search and Rescue has received more than £85,000. The money has purchased rescue vessels, personal protection equipment and training.

Robert Goodwill said: “It was a pleasure to meet search and rescue crews, coastguards and other marine staff in Northern Ireland.

“I can’t thank them enough for the professionalism and commitment they show every day, year after year, often risking their own lives, to keep people safe.

“I was very pleased to hear that a rescue boat funded through last year’s UK government grant to Lough Neagh Rescue was used to save a canoeist’s life while out on the very first training exercise.

“Thanks to the bravery of staff and volunteers, the equipment we have funded this year will help keep people safe for many years to come.”

Details of the charities who have shared the £1.7 million UK government rescue boat funding over the last 2 years can be found on GOV.UK.

This is the second year of the 5 year scheme.