Barmouth RNLI receives brand new kit for their brand new lifeboat.
There was a flurry of excitement in the crew room of Barmouth Lifeboathouse on Thursday evening when the volunteer crew received their new all-weather lifeboat crew clothing.
In 2018 Helly Hansen was announced as the RNLI’s new supplier of all-weather lifeboat crew clothing, providing specially designed kit to meet the demanding needs of the charity’s volunteer crews. The kit is being rolled out to all 128 of the lifeboat stations around the coast and the Barmouth crew were delighted to receive theirs in time to welcome their brand new boat on Sunday 10 March 2019.
Specially designed with the RNLI, the new equipment uses state of the art waterproof and breathable Helly-Tech fabric which provides increased comfort compared to the previous non-breathable fabric of the old kit. The new kit is light but strong and its technical layering system ensures crew members will keep warm and dry while out at sea.
The new bib, mid-layer and base-layer garments have a specific fit for female crew members, enabling better comfort and freedom of movement.
As part of the strategic partnership with the RNLI, Helly Hansen has committed to supporting the RNLI for the next five years through a variety of life-saving activities. These include delivering drowning prevention messages to their customers, generating income, supporting fundraising and safety campaigns, product innovation and supplying the very best kit to the RNLI’s lifesavers.
ALB crew member Helen Iles said:
‘The new all-weather lifeboat kit is absolutely fantastic. The breathable fabric is much lighter than the old kit and gives us much more freedom of movement. We can’t wait to try it out on our new Shannon.’
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.