Mayor of Wirral joins Hoylake RNLI for lifesaving training exercise
The Mayor of Wirral, Councillor Geoffrey Watt, joined the volunteer crew from the Hoylake RNLI Lifeboat Station on Tuesday 14 August 2018 as part of a lifeboat training exercise.
The Mayor witnessed how the crew would recover a person from the water in an emergency and saw how the Shannon class lifeboat's state-of-the-art navigation and communication equipment have greatly improved the RNLI's search and rescue capabilities.
Councillor Watt, who is a former Commodore of Hoylake Sailing Club and a keen sailor himself, has nominated the Wirral's RNLI lifeboat stations at Hoylake, West Kirby and New Brighton as among the local charities that will benefit from the Mayor’s Special Charity Fund during his term in office.
Hoylake Lifeboat Coxswain Andy Dodd said: 'It was an honour to host the Mayor on board the lifeboat and to demonstrate how the vital funds he is raising this year will be used to train our local crews and ensure the RNLI can continue its lifesaving work. The Wirral's lifeboat stations form an important part of their local communities and we would like to thank the Mayor for his support.'
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, in a normal year, 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.