Duke and Duchess of Devonshire visit RNLI Eastbourne
Lifeboats News Release
The Duke and Duchess of Devonshire were welcomed to Eastbourne all-weather lifeboat station on Wednesday (26 April) to meet the volunteer crew, station officials and fundraisers.
During their visit the couple were briefed on how the station operates and the vital role the volunteer crew play in helping to save lives at sea. After a tour of the station they enjoyed a trip on the station’s all-weather lifeboat
Diamond Jubilee to Beachy Head. During the trip both the Duke and Duchess took the helm and were obviously overjoyed with the experience. On their return to station the Duchess complemented the crew on the exceptional condition of Diamond Jubilee and confirmed how proud the whole town is that their contributions has resulted in having such a magnificent vessel to protect local mariners. The afternoon was topped off with homemade cakes served in the lifeboat station at Sovereign Harbour.
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.