Mumbles RNLI celebrate International Women’s Day
On call 24/7 to save lives whatever the weather
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 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.