Blyth RNLI welcome home the Blyth Tall Ship Williams II

Lifeboats News Release

On Saturday 2nd June, volunteer crew from Blyth RNLI launched both of their inshore lifeboats to head out into Blyth Bay to meet the Blyth Tall Ship Williams II.

Saturday morning saw a busy Blyth Quayside and the public making their way to the Blyth Tall Ship Project which is located next door to the Lifeboat Station.
The Williams II left the Port of Blyth back in March this year to complete its voyage round Britain and returned to its home Port on Saturday morning being met in Blyth Bay by a flotilla which included Blyth RNLI's D & B class lifeboats.
Whilst some of the volunteer crew were afloat other crew members were able to meet the public and promote the RNLI's safety messages including 'Float to Live'. The lifeboat station's shop was open together with the Ladies Guild providing homemade cakes and tea and coffee all raising money for the RNLI.
Barry Pearson, Blyth RNLI Lifeboat Operation's Manager said;'We are grateful to the Blyth Tall Ship Project in allowing us to be part of their event. It is important for us as a Charity to be able to raise awareness of the work we do and promote key messages to keep the public safe whilst near the water.It was a pleasure for us to be able to escort the Williams II back to its berth next to our station.'

For more information on the charity's 'Float to Live' campaign please visit www.respectthewater.com

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For more information please telephone Robin Palmer, RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07801 290638 or robin_palmer@rnli.org.uk or contact the RNLI Press Office on 01202 336789.

RNLI/Robin Palmer

Blyth Tall Ship Williams II met by Blyth RNLI in Blyth Bay

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