Hundreds of Schoolchildren Visit Filey Lifeboat.
As Schools across the whole of Yorkshire look forward to the end of another summer term, the volunteer Lifeboat Visits Team at Filey can reflect on what has been an exceptionally busy couple of months.
In the period from Easter this year, the RNLI Lifeboat Station at Filey has played host to at least 1800 children and their teachers from a whole range of schools across the Yorkshire region.
A small dedicated team of volunteer Visitor Experience Officers led by Filey Lifeboat Community Safety Officer, Robbie McKennan, have been on hand to give a guided tour of the boathouse and boats. This huge number of young visitors has been in addition to the large number of day visitors who want to see the lifeboat service at its best.
Following a safety brief outside the boathouse, each group of children is taken on a tour and talk. There is no doubt that the highlights are being able to get up close to the all-weather lifeboat and also maybe seeing some of the crew who happen to be in the area. Once the tour is complete, the children then head off to the Lifeboat Souvenir shop to take something home to remind them of their day out in Filey.
The introduction of the “wristband safety scheme” has also proved to be very successful in Filey with scores of them being given out on a daily basis. Some schools have requested enough for every class.
The Visitor Experience Team give up their time freely to support Filey Lifeboat and there is no doubt that by having such a team on hand either for school trips or for the casual visitor, the profile of the RNLI at Filey has been raised considerably throughout Yorkshire.
John Ward, Filey Lifeboat Press Officer said: “The highlight of the tour for every child, and teacher alike, is the all-weather lifeboat with its impressive array of kit and the fact that it is so highly polished and kept in such good condition by the Coxswain and his crew. Our Visits Team do a fantastic job here. The number of children visiting the boathouse this summer just goes to prove how popular the RNLI is at Filey. Very many thanks to all those who have given up their time to help. It is much appreciated.”
Notes to editorsFiley Lifeboat Station was founded in 1804. It currently operates both a Mersey-Class All-Weather Lifeboat and an Inshore Lifeboat. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to Filey Lifeboat Station Facebook page
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 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and 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.