Sheerness RNLI lifeboat station open day.
A busy day for the crew welcoming many visitors on board the all weather lifeboat
With the Sheerness boathouse being situated inside the Docks the station is unfortunately out of bounds to visitors and so the Lifeboats were taken the short distance to the Queenborough all tide landing where they were moored for most of the day allowing hundreds of visitors to come along and view them and also meet the crew members.
The open day was run in conjunction with the Queenborough Independence Day celebrations which is an annual event marking the handing back of the town from the Dutch 300 years after the actual event in 1697.
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.