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Meadowdale Academy Discovers Newbiggin Lifeboat

Lifeboats News Release

Newbiggin lifeboat station recently hosted a visit by staff and students from Meadowdale Academy.

Students receive an update on the engines and boat A frame

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Graeme explains the lifeboat engines

The staff and students were met by some of the volunteer team who,after an introduction and safety brief, took them in groups around three key parts of the station, namely the crew training room, boathouse and equipment area, along with the crew change and PPE. The visitors were given an overview of the station and saw first hand the valuable resources needed to save lives at sea. They were also able to ask questions and there was an opportunity to do some hands on exercises with charts and ropes.

Claire Ross from the Meadowdale Academy said ‘a massive thank you to the volunteers who came down to help that day. The children had a fun and enjoyable visit. The pupils themselves said that they had fun dressing up, learnt lots about longitude and latitude, how you save people and the role you play. It was informative, educational and very fun they said!!! Most students wished that they could have had more time on the visit. They thought that the boats are cool and more interesting than they originally thought and that chart work wasn't as difficult as they thought it would be.’

This is one of many visits to the station by both educational and other groups where they can meet the volunteers and find out what we do. If this is something you would be interested then why not contact the boathouse on 01670 817329 or email


RNLI media contacts
For more information please telephone Richard Martin, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer Newbiggin on 07980 010544 or or Nicola Quinn Regional Media Manager – North East & East telephone 07810 658 072 email or contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789

If you would like to find out more about Newbiggin lifeboat station, its volunteers and its heritage then take a look at the local websites.

Staff and students had the opportunity to ask a range of questions on the lifeboat

RNLI/Richard Martin/Meadowdale

Graeme carrying out a question and answer session

RNLI/Richard Martin/Meadowdale

A student trying on safety kit

RNLI/Richard Martin / Meadowdale

Students get a chance to do some chart work supervised by Michael

RNLI/Richard Martin / Meadowdale

Graeme and Richard give the students instruction in ropes and knots

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