Lord Mayor of Canterbury visits Whitstable Lifeboat Station
Lord Mayor of Canterbury Cllr George Metcalfe and Lady Mayoress Lillian Metcalfe visited Whitstable Lifeboat Station on Sunday 7th May as one of their final duties in their year of office.
They were shown around the station and the Atlantic 85 Lifeboat by Mike Judge, Lifeboat Operations Manager and Diane Randall, acting Chairman of the Fund Raising Branch and met and chatted with members of the crew and branch before watching the lifeboat launch on an exercise.
Said Cllr Metcalfe "I had much wanted to visit our brilliant RNLI station in Whitstable to see for myself the training its dedicated volunteer crews go through which enables them to turn out day or night in any kind of weather to rescue countless lives all year round. I was also astonished to learn how fast these highly specialised rib lifeboats can travel. At over 30 mph our lifeboatmen can get all the way to the Isle of Sheppey, a distance of miles in only eight minutes."
“Although the lifeboat was launched on exercise rather than a real emergency it was in quite rough seas and happily the crew returned safely.
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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The RNLI is a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Charity number 20003326 in the Republic of Ireland