Bishop of Durham goes to sea with Hartlepool RNLI
The Bishop of Durham was a visitor to Hartlepool RNLI Lifeboat Station recently as part of a 'prayer walk' of the town.
The Bishop was given a guided tour of the charity’s Ferry Road boathouse and met some of the volunteers who are on call 24 hours a day seven days a week.
The visitor then had a short trip out to sea on the all-weather lifeboat.
Hartlepool RNLI second coxswain and station mechanic Garry Waugh said: 'The Bishop thoroughly enjoyed his trip to the lifeboat station and asked a lot of questions regarding the work of the RNLI and our volunteer crew members.’
Following his visit the Bishop of Durham The Rt Revd. Paul Butler said: 'It was an enormous privilege to be taken out to sea on the all-weather lifeboat and I found the experience very enjoyable.
‘There is a great camaraderie of the crew and the importance of working together and caring for each other is very apparent. The bravery to go out in rough weather when others have returned to safety demands bravery and skill. All the volunteers need to be recognised for their contributions to the charity.’
RNLI Picture captions
1. Hartlepool RNLI second coxswain and station mechanic Garry Waugh with the Bishop of Durham The Rt Revd. Paul Butler on the flying bridge of the all-weather lifeboat. Credit: Malcolm Cook
2. Hartlepool RNLI crew member Kyle Crosby pictured with the Bishop of Durham The Rt Revd. Paul Butler on the all-weather lifeboat. Credit: Tom Collins
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