Lyme Regis RNLI crew deliver yellow welly to tall ship
Lyme Regis RNLI crew members yesterday (May 13) delivered the charity's fund-raising yellow welly to the tall ship Pelican at Portland Bill.
It was the last leg of the Lyme Regis journey for the welly, which started the day before with a lifeboat crew member on a penny farthing bicycle, a vintage Jaguar, the RNLI mascot Stormy Stan and more than a hundred schoolchildren all involved in the relay.
The welly had travelled along the southwest coast as part of the RNLI Mayday campaign during which the charity hopes to raise £750,000 towards the cost of kit the crews have to wear.
Members of the Sidmouth branch of the RNLI brought the welly to Lyme in a 1967 S-type Jaguar and delivered it to pupils at St. Michael's School. They then handed it to lifeboat crew member Seb Cope who took it to the lifeboat station on his penny farthing bike accompanied by Stormy Stan.
The next day the \Lyme Regis lifeboat crew took the welly to Portland Bill where it was handed over to the captain of TS Pelican Mick Cunningham by Seb Cope and another lifeboat crew member,John Bird.
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.