Margate RNLI welcomes its new inshore lifeboat
As Margate seafront basked in October sunshine this afternoon (Saturday 5 October), the town’s RNLI station held the naming ceremony and service of dedication for its new inshore lifeboat.
The volunteer crew members were delighted to welcome Mrs. Hope Staden whose husband, Freddie, left the generous legacy which has allowed the new boat to be provided for the station. He served in the army and was involved in the D Day landings as well as being stationed in Europe. After a successful business career, Mr Staden donated generously to his local hospital in Northampton as well as to the RNLI. As a keen sailor, Mr Staden understood well the dangers of the sea and served as an RNLI life governor for many years, supporting the lifesaving work of the charity and its volunteers. Mrs Staden said, “I consider myself very fortunate to have known and been married to this wonderful, generous man.” Inshore lifeboat leader, Connor Edwards, presented Mrs Staden with a bouquet as a token of the station’s appreciation.
Margate’s previous inshore boat, Tigger Three, had served the town very well for ten years but was due for replacement and the D class Alfred Alexander Staden will provide much needed safety cover for water users in the area. D class inshore lifeboats are often referred to as ‘the workhorse of the RNLI’ as they’re highly manoeuvrable and usually operate closer to shore than the charity’s all-weather lifeboats. They come into their own for searches and rescues in the surf, shallow water and confined locations - often close to cliffs and among rocks.
2019 has been a very busy year for the station with the all-weather boat having launched already on 15 occasions and the inshore boat on 25. The volunteer crew attend a huge variety of rescues involving vessels in the Channel, swimmers and walkers who are stranded or in trouble, and those swept out to sea on inflatables. The charity is separate from the Coastguard, independent of Government and relies on its volunteers and supporters to run the lifesaving service. Six out of ten of the RNLI's launches are only possible thanks to the generous legacies left by our supporters.
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.