Sea Cadets visit Hartlepool RNLI
Hartlepool RNLI hosted a visit from the junior section of Hartlepool Sea Cadets recently who learned about the work of the charity that saves lives at sea.
The visitors were given a tour of the lifeboat station that included a look at the protective clothing that is worn at sea, a close look at the inshore lifeboat and the navigation equipment on it and a video presentation.
Station mechanic Garry Waugh said ‘It was a pleasure to meet the cadets who asked a variety of interesting questions and who knows one day one or two of them may become volunteer lifeboat crew members here as well.’
‘But the most important part of the visit was to remind our visitors to be safe at sea and at the seaside’.
Acting Petty Officer(scc) Victoria Parkin who accompanied the junior cadets said ‘Learning about sea safety but having fun whilst doing it is very important.’
‘We have learnt about the work of the charity and the vital role that the volunteer crew members do and we were also told what to do and who to contact in the event of an emergency whilst at sea or on the shore.’
‘Overall we all enjoyed the visit and I am sure everyone has learned a lot from Garry and the crew members.’
For more information please contact Tom Collins, Volunteer RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer on: 01429 266103
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.