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New Years Day dip raises £370 for St Bees RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

There was a great turn out of the brave and hardy at the first fundraising event of 2018 for St Bees RNLI.

St Bees volunteers getting ready for the dip in the Irish Sea

RNLI/Colin Wadey

Getting ready

The traditional New Years Day Dip at St Bees beach was well attended despite the windy conditions. Everyone enjoyed a refreshing swim in the lively Irish Sea safe in the knowledge that RNLI volunteers and members of Whitehaven Coastguard were in attendance to keep everyone safe.

Afterwards it was back to the lifeboat station for hot drinks and a warm shower. Thanks to Emma Hennessy and Adam Nichol from the Triers for organising the event, which raised around £370.00 for St Bees RNLI.

Photos All photos courtesy of Phil Blaylock

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For more information please telephone Colin Wadey, St Bees RNLI Volunteer Press Officer on 07742207222 email or Chris Cousens, Press Officer, West, on 07748 265486 email

The RNLI volunteers heading to the beach

RNLI/Colin Wadey

Heading to the beach
The brave swimmers taking the plunge

RNLI/Colin Wadey

The brave swimmers taking the plunge

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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 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.

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