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An incredible total of £715.00 raised at RNLI Longhope Lifeboat Open Day

Lifeboats News Release

Spectators impressed at combined lifeboat and UK Coastguard helicopter exercise.

RNLI Longhope lifeboat crew member winched from travelling lifeboat by UK Coastguard

RNLI/Mary Harris

RNLI Longhope lifeboat crew member winched from travelling lifeboat by UK Coastguard

What a success! It was a fine sunny day for the Open Day this year and we were lucky to have the UK Coastguard SAR helicopter come along to do a combined exercise with our lifeboat. It was a spectacular sight with some breath-taking moments as the helicopter hovered just above the lifeboat while winching crew members off and up as the lifeboat sped along the bay at full speed. The exercise showed how valuable it is for these two emergency organizations to join forces and practise these skilful manoeuvres with such coordination and cooperation.

Once again the Lifeboat Guild provided the entertainment ashore, serving wonderful afternoon teas and home-bakes plus running the raffle and other competitions. Well done to the toddler who contained herself until the end of the afternoon before climbing/falling into the fish-a-duck paddling pool and having a splashing time. With all those strong lifeboat men looking on, she was in the safest of hands. The lifeboat shop was also busy all afternoon and an additional £270 was collected here.

RNLI Longhope would once again like to thank all those who supported us including the local folk and visitors, the amazing bakers and the superb UK Coastguard SAR helicopter crew. A special thank you also to Bob Simpson for his 'money in the jar' competition and his presentation of yet another cheque for the RNLI from money he has raised selling stamps. He has already raised over £3000 for the RNLI so please keep collecting the stamps! Thank you all very much.

UK Coastguard helicopter approaches RNLI Longhope lifeboat

RNLI/Aaron Spence

UK Coastguard helicopter approaches RNLI Longhope lifeboat.
Impressive manoeuvres and positioning from Longhope lifeboat and UK Coastguard helicopter which is positioned just above travelling lifeboat.

RNLI/Mary Harris

Impressive manoeuvres and steady positioning from Longhope lifeboat and UK Coastguard helicopter.

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