Whitby RNLI crew past and present celebrate lifeboat anniversaries

Lifeboats News Release

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 current lifeboat crew, and their families were invited down to the station for the afternoon to meet with former crew members to chat about the history of the station and share photos from over the years.

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.
He added that the inshore boat brought new possibilities to the crew back in 1966, with the ability to launch quickly and reach inshore areas that the all-weather lifeboatm couln't reach. The current inshore boat at whitby, the OEM Stone III is a valauble asset to the lifesaving crew.

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