Plymouth lifeboat volunteers called out during crew Christmas party
Plymouth inshore Atlantic 75 lifeboat was tasked at 10.55pm on Saturday 16 December.
Christmas festivities were halted briefly as the pagers rang out just after the meal ended and the annual awards had taken place. Business as usual, the helm and crew made their way to the lifeboat station as saving lives at sea is a 24/7 commitment. So far this year the lifeboats at Plymouth have launched 130 times to give assistance where needed, making this an extremely busy year.
At his after dinner speech Coxswain David Milford said: 'Many thanks to the crew for all of your hard work and commitment during the year and thanks and gratitude must also go to the families and employers of the crew’
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- Plymouth RNLI lifeboat has been operating since 1862. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to www.rnli.org.uk/plymouth
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