Daughter returns to Salcombe to thank RNLI volunteers who went to father's aid
It was back in March 2018 when RNLI Salcombe received a request from the Coastguard to launch to a medical emergency aboard a 46ft vessel.
Unfortunately, and despite the medical efforts of the lifeboat crew and the onward transfer to hospital by helicopter the casualty did not survive.
During the RNLI Salcombe Autumn Fair on Saturday his daughter Jessica, who was aboard the vessel that evening, returned to Salcombe with a group of friends to say thank you and to present a check for £200 raised by members of the ‘The Sealed Knot’, a group who principally perform and re-enact battles, skirmishes and sieges of the English Civil War. Something Jessica and her Dad did together.
In a letter to the Salcombe crew Jessica wrote
'My Dad had a heart attack and you risked your lives to try and save him'. She continued to explain how her Dad would always find ways to raise money for the RNLI and summed up by saying,
'I guess I just wanted to give an idea of who it was you tried to save and risked your lives for and just to show how much he respected you at RNLI'. Thank you, Jessica.
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.