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Mumbles RNLI celebrate International Women’s Day

Lifeboats News Release

On call 24/7 to save lives whatever the weather

Two crew members with Inshore Lifeboat The Mark Lott

RNLI/Andy Miles

Isobel Ace and Emma Mathias

March 8th Is International Women’s Day. Women have always been a vital part of the RNLI, as crew, shore crew, lifeguards, fundraisers, staff and supporters. At The Mumbles Isobel Ace is our youngest crew member but at the age of 17 the Bishop Gore Comprehensive student comes with a wealth of knowledge and experience handed down from generations of RNLI supporters in her family including both grand mothers who work in our shop.

Emma Mathias (right) is one the most experienced members of The Mumbles lifeboat crew. In her years of service she has been crew on both Inshore and All weather lifeboats before recently migrating to shore crew. Emma followed in her dads footsteps to join the crew as well as managing a career with an international airline she’s always on call to step up as a volunteer with the charity. Emma says ‘I’ve been on the crew for just over 21 years now and it just feels like a massive family, I’m very proud to be able to support the charity in any way I can’.

Key facts about the RNLI

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.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

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The RNLI is a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Charity number 20003326 in the Republic of Ireland