Hastings Lifeboat Station will be throwing open the boathouse doors on this Sunday, 10th July.
Hastings Lifeboat Station will be throwing open the boathouse doors on this Sunday, 10th July to give members of the public an opportunity to walk around the station, chat to volunteer members of the crew, go on board the lifeboats, and see behind the scenes of the RNLI’s lifesaving work at sea.
Hastings has two lifeboats: The inshore lifeboat 'Daphne May', and the all-weather 'Sealink Endeavour' which is now the oldest operational lifeboat in the RNLI fleet and has served at the station for over 25 years.Visitors will have a chance to go on board the boats, see where the crews sit and work, and see the equipment used to carry out rescues......even the kettle!
Along with the lifeboats, other local emergency services will also be attending including the Hastings Coastguard, Sussex Police, RNLI Sea Safety Team, East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service and South East Coast Ambulance Service (subject to operational requirements).
Members of the local Lifeboat Society will also be opening the RNLI shop, organising tombola, along with children’s games and much more!
Hastings Lifeboat Operations Manager, Peter Adams said. ‘Our annual Open Day is a fantastic day out for all the family and we invite everyone to come along to see just what our volunteer crews do to save lives at sea off Hastings.’
The event – which is completely free - will take place on Sunday 10th July at the Hastings Lifeboat Station, on The Stade from 11.00 am until 4.00 pm in the afternoon.
Hastings Lifeboat Volunteer Press Officer
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.