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Sunderland RNLI lifeboat annual church service

Lifeboats News Release

Sunderland RNLI lifeboat station celebrated its annual church service on Sunday 10th July 2016

The service was held at St Peter’s Church and led by Reverend Andrew Watson. Several members of the congregation attended along with lifeboat crew volunteers, members of the guild and management team. Honorary Alderman Michael Arnott was in attendance representing the mayor’s office.
At the end of the service the congregation along with the RNLI volunteers were given the special honour of leaving the church through the historic West Tower. Standing with the RNLI standard final prayers were said facing towards the direction of the North Sea.
Lifeboat Operations Manager James Jamieson said after the service: ‘On behalf of Sunderland RNLI lifeboat station and its volunteers I would like to thank the congregation at St Peter’s and Reverend Andrew Watson for making us feel so welcome. Today we remember all those that have lost their lives to the sea and we are reminded of its dangers. We pray for the continued work of the RNLI and all its volunteers. It is an important part of our calendar and the turn out today I think shows how valued the work of the institution is.’

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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.

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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