Cycle the Ring of Kerry for Banna Rescue
On average 124 people die from drowning in Ireland every year. A chilling statistic but there are agencies, organisations and volunteers around the country working to reduce these figures.
One such Unit is Banna Rescue, an independent voluntary rescue service. Part of Community Rescue Boats of Ireland (CRBI), Banna Rescue was the first inshore rescue service of its type on the western seaboard. The Search and Rescue (SAR) Unit was founded in 1983 in the wake of two tragic drownings. Since its beginnings, Banna Rescue has had over 220 callouts and carried over 60 people to safety. Its vessels patrol Tralee Bay, including one of the most popular and busiest beaches in the country.
Banna Rescue is a “Declared Resource” of the Irish Coastguard (IRCG) responding to 999/112 marine emergencies 24/7 365 days of the year. Its volunteers respond at a moment’s notice risking their lives to ensure the safety of others. Through its Water Safety Ireland (WSI) remit, the unit also conducts additional patrols during busy periods when crews patrol the area to head off any incidents before they happen.
The backing of the ROKCC 2020, its riders, volunteers and supporters will undoubtedly uphold the ideals of Banna Rescue founders and allow Banna Rescue to continue protecting and saving lives for many years to come.