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Falmouth RNLI to hold open day as part of 150th celebrations

Lifeboats News Release

On Saturday 17 June RNLI volunteers in Falmouth will be hosting an open day from 10am until 4pm, as part of the station's 150th celebrations.


Falmouth RNLI volunteers are looking forward to seeing members of the public at their open day

Demonstrations and displays will take place throughout the day, which has been organised by RNLI volunteers in the town.

Falmouth volunteer crew members will provide members of the public with an inshore lifeboat demonstration and crew from Fowey Lifeboat Station will give a capsize demonstration in a D class lifeboat. The all-weather lifeboat from neighbouring Lizard Lifeboat Station will make an appearance too.

Other displays and demonstrations will be carried out by RNLI lifeguards, Coastguard and the Cliff Rescue Team.

Visitors will be able to view a model lifeboat display, casualty care equipment and find out about lifeboats from days gone by.

It promises to be a fun packed and informative day out for all the family, with an expected fly past by the Coastguard helicopter later in the day.

John Blakeston, Coxswain at Falmouth Lifeboat Station said: 'This whole effort to celebrate 150 years of saving lives in Falmouth has been carried out by volunteer crew members under the guidance of Falmouth's second coxswain Luke Wills and illustrates not only their willingness to put their time and effort into saving lives at sea but into organising an event such as this for the benefit of the public. I highly commend their attitude and efforts.'

There will be free transport by water from Prince of Wales Pier to the lifeboat station

To follow a great day on Saturday, there will be a parade of sail on Sunday as our visiting boats make their way out of the harbour and start their journeys home.

For a full itinerary of the open day visit

Notes to Editors
Falmouth Lifeboat Station has been saving lives at sea for the past 150 years. A book has been produced by David Barnicoat and Simon Culliford to celebrate this fact and to give an insight into Falmouth lifeboats and lifeboat crew members over that period of time. Copies are for sale in the Falmouth Bookstore or in the Lifeboat shop at the station.

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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