Weymouth RNLI lifeboat station open day
On Saturday July 28th 2018, under the blue skies and in the blazing sunshine that have marked this summer Weymouth RNLI lifeboat week culminated in the Severn Class Lifeboat 'Ernest and Mabel' and the Atlantic 75 class Inshore lifeboat 'Braemar' being open to the public for the day.
Hundreds of people took the opportunity to visit Weymouth RNLI lifeboats and meet the crew. The visitors ranged from the very young – mere babes in arms – through to the rather more elderly. What everyone had in common was enjoyment of all that was on offer - inspection of the lifeboats and participation in the Grand Draw.
Lifeguards and Face to face fund raisers were also at the station offering safety advice to the public and informing them of the different ways of supporting the charity that saves lives at sea.
The Community Safety Team was also around to pass on relevant safety messages. Clive Edwards, Community Safety Officer said,' The message from this gathering of community volunteers committed to serving the public in cases of emergency was powerful, and the RNLI is proud to do its part in working tirelessly to save lives at sea.'
At the end of a very busy day Weymouth Lifeboat Operations Manager, Malcolm Wright, said: ‘It was a really successful Open Day with lovely weather and a great deal of local 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.