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Donation for Margate lifeboat and educating children on sea safety

Lifeboats News Release

Margate RNLI has received a donation from Cliftonville Primary School following a visit to the station by its pupils which is to be followed by a talk on sea safety from local RNLI lifeguards.

The whole of year 1, ninety in total, were shown around the lifeboat station and allowed on board the all-weather lifeboat. The children had been learning about local heroes, and meeting people who work on the lifeboat was a way of making this topic real. The children were amazed at the weight of the clothing that lifeboat men and women have to wear, and through listening to Chris, the lifeboat mechanic, gained a real understanding of the excitement and dangers that crews experience.

 

Heather Weitzel assistant head teacher at Cliftonville Primary School said: “We are very grateful to Chris and the volunteers at the lifeboat station for allowing all our year 1 children to visit and for showing them the lifeboat and other rescue equipment. It has given our children a greater understanding of the dangers at sea, as well as the fun that can be enjoyed on the seashore.”

 

The RNLI’s Respect the Water campaign includes educating people of all ages of the dangers associated with enjoying the sea and shoreline and the local RNLI lifeguards are now also planning a visit to the school to tell them of their work and highlight the potential dangers.

 

Peter Barker, volunteer lifeboat press officer, Margate lifeboat station said: “We welcome visitors of all ages to the station and these occasions are particularly rewarding when we have the opportunity to educate young people on the potential dangers while enjoying the beauty of our sea and shoreline.”

 

Photo: Kaitlin Escudier and Jayden Escudier, on behalf of Cliftonville Primary School present a donation cheque to the lifeboat crew during one their training evenings. (RNLI Margate)

 

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  • Peter Barker, RNLI Margate Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer

07974 064304 peter_barker@rnli.org.uk

  • Tim Ash, RNLI Public Relations Manager (London/East/South East) on 0207 6207426, 07785 296252  tim_ash@rnli.org.uk
  • James Oxley, RNLI Press Officer (London/East/South East)

       0207 6207425 / 07786 668825 James_oxley@rnli.org.uk

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