Lyme Regis RNLI Lifeboat Week gets off to a sunny start
Lifeboat Week in Lyme Regis got off to scorching start today as thousands packed the town and beaches in the sunshine.
The first major event of the day was a welcome display by the crew of the Lyme Regis Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat Spirit of Loch Fyne. She was joined by the neighbouring Shannon-class lifeboat from Exmouth,R and J Welburn, and the coastguard helicopter for a winching exercise.
In a varied programme, the day continued with performances on Marine Parade by a group of belly dancers known as Eastern Promise, a kite making workshop for youngsters, visits to meet the crew aboard the lifeboat on its slipway and the final eent of the day the bathtub race.
Two bonus events have just been announced. On Tuesday at 11.30am there will be a flypast by RAF Puma helicopters and two hours later a Royal Navy Merlin helicopter from RNAS Yeovilton will stage a flypast.
The week continues with a host of events including sand castle competitions, a grand auction, fossil polishing, a gig race and tug 'o war across the harbour mouth.
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.
Learn more about the RNLI
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