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A successful open day for St Bees RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

On Sunday 30 July the volunteers at St Bees RNLI opened up their lifeboat station to members of the public.

Lifeboat, tractor and flood rescue vehicle ready for visitors

RNLI/Colin Wadey

St Bees lifeboat open day

In spite of the very windy and sometimes cold conditions the turn out for the St Bees RNLI’s open day and the Cumbrian Wildlife Beached Art Competition was excellent. The RNLI volunteers spent the day proudly showing off their inshore lifeboat Joy Morris MBE, their purpose built submersible bendy tractor and the latest edition to the RNLI in Cumbria, the Community Flood Rescue vehicle.

The volunteer crew at St Bees spent a lot of the day showing children how a lifeboat station works. They had the opportunity to try on some of the lifesaving equipment as well as the chance to sit in the lifeboat and the launching tractor. A lot of the crew at St Bees RNLI also volunteer with the RNLI’s Community Flood Rescue team and were on hand to explain what they do and how they would help should the county suffer a repeat of the severe flooding seen in recent years.

Members of St Bees RNLI Guild were in the station offering tea, coffee and biscuits to everyone and selling tickets for the popular Tombola.

Dick Beddows, St Bees Lifeboat Operations Manager, said: ‘It was great for our crew to have the opportunity to show local people as well as holidaymakers around our lifeboat station and lifeboat. It gave a lot of people the chance to get to see a little of how a lifeboat station works. We all look forward to seeing everyone again next year.’

RNLI media contact

For more information, contact Colin Wadey, St Bees RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer, on 07742 207222.

St Bees volenteers showning people around their lifeboat and tractor.

RNLI/Colin Wadey

A busy afternoon on the lifeboat
St Bees crew and flood rescue volunteers ready to show off their new purpose built flood rescue vehicle.

RNLI/Colin Wadey

Cumbria’s RNLI Flood Rescue vehicle.

Key facts about the RNLI

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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