Humber Lifeboat Crew welcomes Face-to-Face Fundraising Team

Lifeboats News Release

On Tuesday 25 June, the North East Face-to-Face Fundraising Team visited Humber Lifeboat Station to gain insight into the life of RNLI lifeboat crew members.

Humber Lifeboat crew and North East Face-to-Face Team stand outside Humber Lifeboat Station. 21 people in the photo. Crew are in their lifeboat gear.

RNLI/Anna Heslop

Humber Lifeboat crew and North East Face-to-Face Team

Humber Lifeboat Station is a very unique lifeboat station that has existed on Spurn Point since 1810. It is a full-time station, meaning the crew members live on the end of Spurn Point in case they need to respond to a 'shout.'

Since 2013, there have been two separate 'watches' on Spurn - red watch and blue watch - who work on alternate rotas, six days on and six days off. Before 2013, the families were able to live on the Point with the crew.

However, the families had to be moved off when it was deemed impractical for them to live there any more and they moved off shortly before the road washed away.

The crew now access the lifeboat station by taking land rovers across the beach. Many of the crew members who work at Humber, also volunteer at their own stations when they are back at home.

RNLI Face-to-Face Fundraising began in the North East of England in 2008. Over the summer months, the teams are out on the beaches fundraising and delivering vital safety messages to the public.

The Humber crew welcomed the new North East Team for 2019 with open arms, showing them around the station and the lifeboats - the Severn Class Lifeboat and the Atlantic 75, which is used as a boarding boat.

There have been 33 medals awarded for gallantry in the station's history and the Face-to-Face team were able to learn about the impressive history of the station and see dramatic footage of some of their shouts.

The Team were also able to try on the all-weather and the inshore lifeboat gear and were shown the different features the gear possesses to keep the crews safe.

In December last year, the Humber crew were issued with their brand new Helly Hansen gear and were required to use it on a very dangerous shout less than 24 hours later, when they went to the aid of two boats, a tanker and a tug boat, that had been washed ashore on The Binks off Spurn Point.

The crew also spoke about the 'human side' of the RNLI and how it is not just the crew members who have to make sacrifices in order to save lives at sea.

Jamie White, Second Coxswain of Red Watch, said:'It is the families - the partners and the kids - they are the real heroes. They are the ones who deserve all the medals and the awards.

'Many of the Face-to-Face Team already have existing connections to the RNLI. The partner of one team member was rescued by Seahouses RNLI. He floated to live and they sped out and saved his life.

'At the RNLI, we are one big community. We all support each other to achieve our goals while all working towards our over-arching aim to save more lives. I want to say a huge thank you to the crew at Humber for hosting us and for inspiring our team even more before they go out and inspire others.'

RNLI Media contacts

For more information please contact Anna Heslop, North East Face-to-Face Manager, Cullercoats Lifeboat and Humber Lifeboat crew/Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer at Cullercoats, email:

The lifeboat crew walk rowards the jetty with a member of the Face-to-Face Team

RNLI/Anna Heslop

The lifeboat crew walk towards the jetty with a member of the Face-to-Face Team
The Boarding Boat about to be recovered

RNLI/Anna Heslop

The Boarding Boat about to be recovered
Face-to-Face Team try on both All-Weather and Inshore Lifeboat crew gear

RNLI/Anna Heslop

Face-to-Face Team try on both All-Weather and Inshore Lifeboat crew gear
Basil the Fox with a burger in his mouth

RNLI/Anna Heslop

Even Basil the Fox popped along for a burger
RNLI cake with yellow wellies on

RNLI/Anna Heslop

RNLI Cake, made by the Mother of one of our Senior Fundraisers

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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.

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