View as PDF

RNLI Torbay lifeboat crew mark Remembrance Sunday with wreaths laid at sea

Lifeboats News Release

Representatives of the Royal Naval Association, Royal British Legion and the Fishermen’s Mission joined RNLI volunteer crew on Sunday 12 November to pay their respects to fallen service men and women.

RNLI/Vicki Bowen

RNLI Torbay wreath laid at the cenotaph in Brixham

Eight members of Torbay lifeboat volunteer crew past and present were joined by area Fishermen’s Mission Superintendent Matt Skinner and more than a dozen guests (representing other agencies) who stood in line on the all-weather relief lifeboat Volunteer Spirit to face the Remembrance Day Parade as it made its way along the waterfront to the service at Brixham cenotaph.

Shortly after the two minute silence was observed, the lifeboat departed for St Mary’s Bay where representatives of the Royal Naval Association, RNLI, British Legion and the Fishermen’s Mission laid four poppy wreaths on the water to remember service men and women lost in conflicts around the world.

The RNLI Torbay all-weather lifeboat (which remained operational throughout) then returned to station. A wreath was also laid at the cenotaph on behalf of the RNLI.

Notes to editors

Royal Naval Association

Fishermen’s Mission

Royal British Legion

Torbay Lifeboat Station Key Facts:

RNLI media contacts

For more information please telephone Victoria Bowen, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07794 043 428: or contact Carrie Garrad, RNLI Regional Media Officer on 07786 668 847: or alternatively RNLI Public Relations at Poole HQ on 01202 336 789.

RNLI online

For more information on the RNLI please visit News releases and other media resources, including RSS feeds, downloadable photos and video, are available at the RNLI Press Centre

RNLI/Will Bower

Representatives aboard the RNLI Torbay all-weather lifeboat laying wreaths at sea

RNLI/Will Bower

The 4 wreaths laid off St Mary's Bay by RNLI Torbay lifeboat crew and guests

RNLI/Vicki Bowen

RNLI Torbay wreath and others at the cenotaph in Brixham

RNLI/Will Bower

The wreaths laid at sea on Sunday seen from inside the all-weather lifeboat

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.

Learn more about the RNLI

For more information please visit the RNLI website or Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. News releases, videos and photos are available on the News Centre.

Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries

Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 or by email.


The RNLI is a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Charity number 20003326 in the Republic of Ireland