Hartlepool RNLI plays host to National President
The National president of the ‘National Association of Tangent Clubs’ Sue Hill was a visitor along with local fellow members to Hartlepool RNLI lifeboat station recently.
Hartlepool RNLI station mechanic and second coxswain Garry Waugh said, ‘It was a pleasure to meet Sue and her fellow members from the charity and to show them around the station’.
‘Both the Round Table, Ladies Circle and Tangent are generous supporters of the RNLI here at the Ferry Road lifeboat station and across the country and the work they do for us is very much appreciated.’
Following the visit Sue Hill said ‘We had a very informative tour of the lifeboat station from Garry who told us about what it takes to be a volunteer and the training involved. The RNLI is our chosen charity this year and we are hoping to buy five personal watercraft for the charity that saves lives at sea’.
Sue went on to say, ‘I remember as a child hearing the maroons go off for the RNLI to launch whilst I was on holiday in the west country and that memory has stayed with me to this day’.
Following the visit Hartlepool RNLI crewmember Steve Pounder later gave a presentation about the RNLI at the Tees and Hartlepool Yacht Club during the Tangent Club's meeting.
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 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.