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 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.
The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.
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Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries
Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 or by email.
The RNLI is a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Charity number 20003326 in the Republic of Ireland