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Cadets flying visit to Hartlepool RNLI lifeboat station

Lifeboats News Release

Hartlepool RNLI Lifeboat Visits Officer and volunteer crew member Steve Pounder gave a detailed talk about the work of the charity and his fellow volunteer crew members at the Ferry Road lifeboat station.

RNLI/Tom Collins

Hartlepool RNLI volunteer crew members Steve Pounder and Richard Shaw(right) with the air cadets.

Steve said: 'The cadets showed a great interest in our work here.

'We talked about various aspects of sea safety, the role and purpose of the RNLI, the two boats we have here, crewing the boats and what it’s like to volunteer and what the RNLI means to the public and the sea going community.'

Flying Officer and Officer in Command of 473 (Hartlepool) Royal Air Force Cadets Deborah Fairbotham said: 'The purpose of our visit was to learn about community involvement, find out how a voluntary organisation such as the RNLI works and the work that they do for the people of Hartlepool and most importantly learn about sea safety’.

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For more information contact Tom Collins, Hartlepool RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer, on 07896 793557.

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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

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