Sunny Funday for RNLI Walmer

Lifeboats News Release

Volunteers from RNLI Walmer gather for demonstrations on Open Day.

Walmer volunteers

RNLI/Christopher Winslade

Walmer volunteers

After an early start and sustaining breakfast of bacon sandwiches, a sunny Saturday 22 June saw another successful RNLI Open Day alongside Walmer Churches’ Summer Fete. Sales of homemade cakes baked by our volunteers were a particular draw, as was the stone painting and colouring for younger visitors. Souvenirs in the station shop, an opportunity to practise knot tying, a display of model lifeboats and opportunities to see the station's Atlantic 85 Donald McLauchlan and D Class Duggie Rodbard II lifeboats up close, with scaffolding kindly supplied by Cloke Scaffolding, also drew the crowds. Other displays included HM Coastguard, Community Safety who were offering a free lifejacket check and the British Divers Marine Life Rescue along with the ambulance and fire services.

The arena area saw a simulated lifeboat ‘shout’ with crew responding to their pager alarm, kitting up and boarding the inshore lifeboat Duggie Rodbard II. Once aboard the crew demonstrated the range of lifesaving equipment carried on board the boat, described with a commentary from two Walmer helms.

The afternoon culminated with a sea display involving a range of scenarios involving Dover's all-weather lifeboat, the Coastal Rescue team reacting to a man overboard situation, a paddleboard rescue, a distress flare fired from local fishing boat Gary Ann, and a tow with Dover’s small inshore Y Boat. A visit from the 911 Challenge Porsche, which will soon embark on a tour of the 77 lifeboat stations in Scotland, completed the day.

Speaking after the event organiser and Walmer helm Dave Mitchell said 'I am grateful to our crew and fundraisers who gave up their time to support the event. As a charity we rely on donations so as ever we are also grateful to the people of Deal and Walmer for their continued support of the RNLI and our station in particular.'

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Walmer and Dover lifeboats ending the display

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Coastal Rescue Team in action

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