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Hundreds at RNLI Lyme Regis blessing of the boats

Lifeboats News Release

The annual blessing of the boats service on the Cobb in Lyme Regis on Sunday (May 6) was one of many events to benefit from the glorious Bank Holiday weather.

Wreaths are laid at sea by members of the volunteer crew of the RNLI Lyme Regis lifeboat.

RNLI/Richard Horobin

Wreaths are laid at sea by members of the Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat crew during the blessing of the boats.

More than 200 people joined in the open air service led by the vicar of Lyme Regis, the Rev. Jane Skinner, and hosted by the RNLI at the lifeboat station.

The volunteer lifeboat crew, British Legion, coastguards, the sailing, powerboat and gig clubs were all represented at the service.

Lyme Regis Town Band and the Harbour Voices choir also took part in the service and Sophie Vernon, whose parents are gig club members, read her poem called Salt.

The service concluded with wreaths being taken aboard the lifeboat, Spirit of Loch Fyne, and laid at sea the crew.

Wreaths are laid at sea by the crew of the RNLI Lyme Regis lifeboat crew.

RNLI/Richard Horobin

Wreaths are laid at sea by the Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat crew.

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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, Carrybridge 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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