Falmouth RNLI to hold open day as part of 150th celebrations
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.
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 stationTo 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 http://www.falmouthlifeboat.co.uk/150th/
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 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.