Soup sandwiches and a good crack.

Lifeboats News Release

Volunteers from the three West Cumbrian RNLI lifeboat stations and the Maryport Inshore Rescue team all got together for a pre-Christmas social and training session.

Lifeboats from St Bees, Workington and Silloth as well Maryport Resuce arrive at Whitehaven Harbour

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3 RNLI and 1 independent lifeboats

Volunteers from St Bees, Workington and Silloth RNLI lifeboat stations, as well as Maryport Inshore Rescue and the local Coastguard, met up before Christmas.

This was a great chance for the teams to swap stories and share experiences from the last 12 months over soup and sandwiches. After lunch the lifeboats took the opportunity to carry out a joint exercise before heading back to their own stations.

Notes to editors:

For more information please contact Colin Wadey, St Bees RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer, on 07742 207222 or Chris Cousens, RNLI Regional Media Officer, West, on 07748 265496 or 01745 585162 or by email on

The RNLI Flood rescue vehicle parked up alongside the Maryport Independent and Coastguard vehicles

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Flood rescue and Coastguard vehicles
St Bees Atlantic 85 getting ready to leave with Workingtons D class already on their way

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Making ready to leave
St Bees lifeboat heads into the lock followed by Warrington’s D class ILB and the latest member of the fleet the all weather Shannon lifeboat.

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Workington and St Bees lifeboats leaving the harbour

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