Sunderland RNLI host Harbour Day
Members of the Sunderland RNLI Lifeboat Station and Lifeboat Guild invite supporters to the charities annual “Harbour Day” which is to be held this Sunday (30 July) between 10am and 4pm in Sunderland Marina adjacent to the RNLI lifeboat station.
Sunderland RNLI host Harbour Day this Sunday
The Sunderland RNLI Station has a history of 217 years of saving lives at sea. During those years the class and types of lifeboats has changed from sail and oar, to today's state of the art power craft equipped with navigation aids and capable of speeds of up to 35 knots.
The highlight of the event will take place at half past ten when the crowds will get the chance to see Sunderland’s RNLI lifeboats taking part in a rescue demonstration with a Search and Rescue Helicopter from UK Coastguard base in Humberside***.
Other attractions will include a rescue demonstration by RNLI beach lifeguards and volunteer lifeboat crews, various stalls, live music and games.
Alex Silvester, volunteer crew at Sunderland RNLI said “We would like to invite the people of Sunderland to come along and take part in this Harbour Day at our Lifeboat Station. It will also give everyone the chance to meet our volunteer crew and have a look around our two Inshore Lifeboats the as well contributing towards the charities on-going running costs”.
***Subject to operational requirements.
Media Information - Any media wishing to attend the day to photograph the demonstration please telephone on the day to confirm the time/status of the demonstration.
Notes to editors
• Sunderland RNLI Lifeboat Station is the oldest continually operational lifeboat in the United Kingdom. It was originally opened in 1800 before being adopted by the RNLI in 1865.
• Sunderland RNLI Lifeboat Station operates its own website www.rnlisunderland.org where supporters can keep up to date with station specific activities.
• Sunderland RNLI Lifeboat Station has a profile on Twitter (SunderlandRNLI) and Facebook (RNLI Sunderland) where supporters can keep up to date with station specific activities and news.
• Sunderland RNLI Lifeboat Station operates two inshore type lifeboats: An Atlantic 85 8.3m inflatable capable of 35 knots and a D Class (IB-1) 4.5m inflatable capable of 25 knots.
RNLI media contacts
For more information please telephone:
Paul Nicholson, Sunderland RNLI Press Officer on 07957 494 077 or email - firstname.lastname@example.org or
Alex Richards, Sunderland RNLI Press Officer on 07540 530 395 or email - email@example.com
As an alternative please contact Alison Levett, Media Relations Manager North on 07786 668 912 or firstname.lastname@example.org or RNLI Headquarters Public Relations on 01202 336000.
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.