A Refreshing Start to 2017

Lifeboats News Release

It was a great turnout for the annual New Years Day Dip at St Bees. There were plenty of swimmers and a large number of people to watch them brave the cold Irish Sea.

Three of our volunteers on standby in case anyone gets into difficulties during the swim

RNLI/Colin Wadey

Safety cover for the swimmers

The lifeboat station gave the swimmers a place to get changed in while the volunteers not taking the plunge were on hand to provide safety cover and supply much needed hot drinks.

Well done to Adam and Emma from the St Bees Triers for organising the event. Dick Beddows lifeboat operations manager said ‘It was a magnificent turnout on a cold but sunny morning with over £500 raised for the RNLI’.

Notes to editors

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For more information please telephone Colin Wadey, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07742207222 or email colin_wadey@rnli.org.uk or Alison Levett, Public Relations Manager, North, on 0778668912 email Alison_Levett@rnli.org.uk

Lining up in front of our lifeboat before taking the plunge

RNLI/Colin Wadey

Team Photo
The brave swimmers going in to the Irish Sea

RNLI/Colin Wadey

Taking the plunge

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