RNLI New Brighton welcomes New Brighton Primary to lifeboat station
RNLI lifeboat crew became guides for Class 9 on 20 March 2019 as the volunteer team took the group on a tour of the boathouse. The schoolchildren learned about call outs and crew equipment, before finally watching the lifeboat launch from the beach.
The near six-year-olds and accompanying teachers were taken through a talk on the boathouse, how the RNLI volunteers are tasked by the UK Coastguard to launch the lifeboat, and a demonstration of the drysuits worn by the crew.
During their tour, the youngsters had the chance to sit in the tractor cab, see the lifeboat and get kitted up in the crew protective suits and helmets.
Following lunch at the boathouse, the three-hour visit ended with a walk to New Brighton beach where the group watched RNLI crew launch the lifeboat onto the River Mersey for a scheduled training exercise.
Teacher Rebecca Keen said: 'The children had such a wonderful experience on their visit to the lifeboat station. It was fantastic to bring to life some of the things they have been learning about as part of their People-who-Help-Us topic.
'The team went out of their way to provide exciting opportunities for the children. They loved trying on the kits, seeing the boat and climbing into the tractor. Their favourite part was definitely watching the boat in the river. A fantastic day had by all, we are very grateful. Thank you – we now have a lot of future lifeboat crew members in our class!'
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.