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Weston RNLI help demonstrate the roles of lifeboat crew members in book series

Lifeboats News Release

The Here to Help series are books for young readers to introduce them to people who work or help the communities where they live. When the author was planning a book about the RNLI she chose Weston-super-Mare.

The Here to Help series, published by the Watts publishing group, contain descriptions of the activities of many workers using a combination of text and pictures. It includes books about doctors, dentists, bus drivers, postman, firefighters, nurses and many more. The books are also populated with simple questions for teachers to use to enhance the information.

The author came and spent a day with the Weston RNLI volunteer crew and focused on one of the crew members David Ridout.

There are sections on what the RNLI lifeboats do, how to get help if someone is in trouble at sea, the kit he uses and the various type of lifeboat in use. It then goes on to describe a training exercise to show how the whole team on the lifeboat station are involved. The whole story is graphically illustrated by high quality pictures taken at Weston.

David Ridout said: 'It was fun to do this. For us it was standard training but we were able to show what we do. I hope it interests young people, both to help them keep safe at sea and to think about joining us when they are old enough.'

Notes to editors

For further information, please contact Weston-super-Mare RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer Glyn Hayes on 01934 824587 or Chris Lyons Deputy RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer on 07825 347697

Lifeboats in service at Weston-super-Mare

Atlantic 75 class Lifeboat named Coventry and Warwickshire

D-Class Lifeboat named Anna Stock 

The station was established in 1882 at the request of the local inhabitants and moved into a new boathouse in 1902. In 2013 the Pier connecting Birnbeck Island to the mainland became too unstable and dangerous. The crew now use a temporary station on the shoreline while waiting for a new permanent home.

To find out more information about Weston-super-Mare lifeboat and for recent events, please log onto our website or contact Glyn Hayes on 01934 824587.

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.

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