Busy bank holiday weekend planned for Plymouth’s RNLI volunteer lifeboat crews
Plymouth’s RNLI lifeboat crews have a busy bank holiday weekend in store as they meet with members of the public and support community events.
The all-weather Severn class lifeboat Sybil Mullen Glover and Atlantic 75 inshore lifeboat
Millenium Forester will both be in action this weekend.
On Saturday 27 May the inshore lifeboat will be at the Queen Anne’s Battery Marina open day event in the city between 11am and 3pm. Visitors will have the chance to meet some of the RNLI volunteer crew members and the charity’s community safety team to learn more about the vital work the RNLI does saving lives at sea.
On Sunday 28 May both of Plymouth’s RNLI lifeboats will be involved in the city’s celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of Sir Frances Chichester’s famous voyage.
Lifeboat crews will meet the Gipsy Moth IV at the breakwater in Plymouth’s all-weather lifeboat before transporting Giles Chichester to the steps at the Waterfront at 11.15am as part of the event, which marks his father’s own arrival in 1967. Boats and yachts will take part in a re-enactment flotilla, escorting the Gipsy Moth IV across Plymouth Sound to West Hoe.
Coxswain Dave Milford says: ‘We are looking forward to the weekend’s events. It’s a good chance for members of the public to meet the RNLI’s volunteer crew, find out about our lifesaving work and see both of our lifeboats in action’.
To round off the bank holiday weekend, the volunteer lifeboat crew will be involved in the start of the Original Singlehanded Transatlantic Race (OSTAR), which sees competitors set off from Plymouth at 11am on Monday 29 May headed for Newport, Rhode Island.
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