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RNLI weekly roundup

RNLI lifeboat crews across the UK and Ireland are still saving lives at sea during the lockdown. Here's what our lifesavers have been up to this week.

During these difficult times, we stand together as one crew. Our lifeboat crews are still on call, ready to launch to those in need. And they still can't do it without your support. Thank you for being here with us, so we can be out there saving lives.

3 April

Another eventful week for RNLI lifesavers across the UK and Ireland. Here are just some of the stories from our volunteers and supporters this week.

Calshot lifeboat's newest recruit had a busy start to his lifesaving career with three shouts in a single day - including the rescue of a scarecrow!

Beaumaris lifeboat launched after reports of an object falling from the Menai Suspension Bridge. 

Scarborough lifeboat crew member and electrician Paul Huggins has been a real bright spark in his community by donation his expertise free of charge to those in need.

Llandudno's full-time mechanic Les Jones is stepping down after 20 years in the role. He will switch to being a volunteer mechanic and coxswain, with current crew member Luke Heritage taking on Les's former role.

Fleetwood RNLI have been showing their support for the community by organising deliveries and shopping trips for those unable to leave their homes.

The RNLI's first 'Water Safety Wednesday' facebook live event was a big success, with children stuck at home able to tune in for expert advice from Liam Fayle-Parr. Tune in on Wednesday at 10.15am for the next instalment.

And we've received some amazing works of art after we shared our colouring in sheets on facebook. Send us your own masterpieces and you might see them in our online gallery - coming soon!

27 March

Despite the lockdown being in place, our lifeboat crews were still on call and ready to rescue those in need of help.

Lymington lifeboat went to the aid of a yachtsman trapped on their vessel on Mothering Sunday.

Swanage lifeboat had two shouts in the same day, going to the aid of a person with a suspected fractured arm, and a windsurfer in distress.

The crew at Portree launched in the early hours of the morning to assist a cargo ship that had run aground.

Kyle lifeboat crew joined the search for a missing person.

And Barry Dock lifeboat crew launched for the second time in 4 days to help people cut off by the tide.

In other news, the volunteers at Port Talbot mourned the passing of Mrs Jean Jones, a Bronze, Silver and Gold badge fundraiser for the station. Porthcawl volunteer Gareth Chanrock set up an online gym to help the community stay fit during the lockdown. And Teddington crew members Adam and Callum both passed their most recent assessments.

Thank you to all the lifesavers who have been out on a shout this week, or doing their bit for the community.