RNLI highlights from Penarth Summer Festival 2016
Penarth RNLI's team provided many highlights for visitors to this year's summer festival.
Penarth's volunteer RNLI station opened its doors to members of the public on Saturday (16 July).
Visitors could meet the crew, hear about their rescue work and see both their lifeboats and the Flood Rescue Team boat which is based at Barry. In addition visitors were treated to rescue displays both on the land and at sea.
With colleagues from HM Coastguard the lifebat crew helped with a display of winching from the pier.
The highlight from the day for many though will be the visits from not one but two helicopters. Working firstly with our colleagues at the National Police Air Service at St Athan we showed how we could work together to rescue people from the sea. This display was then followed by one with rescue 187, the Coastguard rescue helicopter based also based at St Athan. We were able to work close into shore, so people could get really close to the action as crew members were winched from the sea and also from the lifeboat.
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 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