Sea safety lessons with Hartlepool RNLI
Hartlepool primary school pupils and members of the 1st Hartlepool Boys Brigade learned about being safe at the seaside and the work of the RNLI recently.
Hartlepool RNLI crewmember Steve Pounder spoke to pupils at St Helens Primary school on the Headland at Hartlepool about the dangers of wave dodging during the recent stormy weather.
Steve said, ‘Hopefully the pupils have learnt from my safety talk to stay away from the water’s edge on stormy days when the waves are breaking onto the nearby promenade and road’.
‘Like the rest of the RNLI stations around the country we have had a very busy year and the last thing we want is to be called out to rescue someone who has been washed out to sea especially at this time of year when the sea is really cold’.
Members of the 1st Hartlepool Boys Brigade visited the Ferry Road RNLI lifeboat station recently where they were shown the new kit the volunteers wear and had a close look at the inshore lifeboat ‘Solihull’.
Volunteer crewmember Rob Archer whose son Thomas is member of the Boys Brigade said ‘The visit was a great success with lots of interesting questions from the youngsters who may one day grow up to become volunteer crewmembers here. But most importantly the youngsters have learned a lot about being safe both in the sea and next to it and the work of the RNLI charity’.
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.