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’.

RNLI media contact

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

Key facts about the RNLI

The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.

Learn more about the RNLI

For more information please visit the RNLI website or Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. News releases, videos and photos are available on the News Centre.

Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries

Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 (UK) or 1800 991802 (Ireland) or or by email.