Insight for donors as Barry Dock RNLI lifeboat launches during visit
With three groups of visitors and a shout, the morning of Sunday 11th September was certainly an eventful one for the crew and supporters of Barry Dock Lifeboat Station.
The first group was from the Breaksea Masonic Lodge, named after the Breaksea lightship that was stationed in the Bristol Channel, who presented a cheque for £1630. The money was raised at the Lodge’s Summer Social Event – an annual charity event for family and friends this year held at the Seashore Grill in Sully. 70 people were expected to attend and they hoped to raise around £1000, but they were pleasantly surprised when 90 people came and helped them to raise a massive £1630!
The money was donated in memory Dai Sam Davies, Doc Stevens and Ted Powell. Ted was a well-loved figure at Barry Dock, who served for many years as a Coxswain and Honorary Secretary. He sadly passed away earlier this year. The event was sponsored by SA Brain, Lee & Andrew Selby and KCS Transport. There was also an auction hosted by lifeboat crewmember Dean Caldwell. Patrick Jones pictured, said 'the event was a great success, everyone enjoyed themselves. We are so pleased to be able to donate this money in memory of our friends.'
The next visitors were two families from Bristol who had won VIP visits to the station from a charity auction run by staff at Lloyds Bank Head Office in Bristol. As part of this visit the families were shown around the station, tried on kit and were also shown around the Trent class lifeboat. As the final group were finishing their tour of the boat, the crew’s pagers went off calling for the lifeboat to be launched.
After a quick change from visitors to crew, the lifeboat set off in search of a possible object in the water reported just off from Fontygary. Luckily a mobile Coastguard unit were able to make it to the scene and having confirmed that there was no one in danger, they stood the lifeboat down before they made it to the scene. The lifeboat arrived back to Barry Dock around 30 minutes after launching and were able to talk to the visitors who now understand that the lifeboats and their crews really are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and that you can never predict the next time that the pagers will go off.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.