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Attempted Break In at RNLI Lifeboat Station

Lifeboats News Release

Sunday morning the RNLI volunteers arrived as usual, for their training session to find that the Lifeboat Station in Portishead had been victim of an attempted break in during Saturday night (10th June).

RNLI/Helen Lazenby

Person caught on the Station CCTV

The window to the Crew changing room and the smallest shop window at the front of the building had been tampered with causing it to shatter. Fortunately the extremely strong triple glazing seemed to deter the person from gaining entry to the charities premises. The person responsible had been captured on the Station’s security camera, which, although a side angle, may help the Police with their enquiries. If you can help, please call 101 and speak to the Police with any information.

Dave Slack, Lifeboat Operations Manager said ‘Here in Portishead we take a great pride in our Lifeboat Station and it is very disappointing to know that someone has caused significant damage to our windows. Fortunately no vital lifesaving equipment was damaged or stolen, so we have been able to remain ready to respond to any emergencies around the clock. However, lives could have easily been put at increased danger if this incident had affected our provision of a local lifeboat. Such mindless acts put others at risk.’

The RNLI in Portishead would like to thank the local community for all their kind words of support and offers of help to come along and help clean up.

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  1. Person caught on CCTV
  2. Small shop window
  3. Crew changing room window
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Fortunately the triple glazing prevented the person from gaining access to the building

RNLI/Helen Lazenby

Small Shop window

RNLI/Helen Lazenby

Crew changing room window

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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