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Sea Safety and Selfies at St Bees Youth Club

Lifeboats News Release

The St Bees RNLI volunteers were invited along to the youth club to talk about the RNLI and what it takes to become a lifeboat volunteer.

Some of the young people at St Bees youth club taking a selfie of them dressed in ILB lfeboat kit

RNLI/Colin Wadey

Time for a selfie

Some of the many topics covered during the evening included staying safe when playing on or near the water and what to do if you see someone in trouble. They also got the chance to wear some of the safety equipment worn by the lifeboat volunteers when out on the water and talk to the crew about past rescues.

St Bees Lifeboat Operations Manager Dick Beddows said ‘It's always great to get the opportunity to talk to younger members of the community about sea safety and maybe even see some of them volunteering as crewmembers in the future.

For more information on St Bees Youth Club contact 07518394297 or St Bees Lifeboat email

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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

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