Whitby RNLI crew past and present celebrate lifeboat anniversaries
Whitby lifeboat station opened its doors to volunteers and friends to celebrate 50 years of having an inshore lifeboat, as well as the 20th birthday of the all-weather lifeboat.
The two oldest former crew members Ronnie Frampton, 88 and Alan Marshall, 87, even had a look around the current lifeboat, the George and Mary Webb, which has been in service in Whitby for 20 years this year.
Coxwain Mike Russell thanked the former crew members for attending during a speech and said 'The anniversary of the inshore lifeboat is a poignant event. The fact that some of our old crew members are too ill to attend today reminds us that we are all merely custodian of the boats. The RNLI will remain in Whitby long after we are all gone, and continue to save lives at sea.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.