Fleetwood RNLI with famous new volunteer
Tuesday training nights will never be the same again at Fleetwood RNLI, after local opera singer, Alfie Boe called in with a BBC film crew, to record an up coming programme.
Alfie had filmed in the town during the day but was most looking forward to the meeting with the lifeboat. After being dressed in the RNLI’s famous yellow waterproofs and following a safety briefing by Coxswain Tony Cowell, he took to sea in Fleetwood’s Shannon class all-weather lifeboat, Kenneth James Pierpoint.
Once at sea, Alfie took part in a crew training exercise and helped ‘revive’ Dead Fred, the full-sized dummy used for man overboard drills.
The programme is due out in November.
Neil Atkinson, Training Co-ordinator at Fleetwood RNLI said ‘Alfie got really involved in the training session and seemed to thoroughly enjoy it. It was a pleasure to work with him and he’s always welcome here in Fleetwood’.
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.