Hartlepool RNLI lifeboat station played host to a party of Nigerian students recently to learn about the work of the RNLI whilst they are studying at South Shields Marine School.
Curriculum Leader Dr Martin Jones said: ‘The students found the experience very interesting and greatly appreciated the time the volunteer crew spent with them during their tour of the station.
'It has been invaluable for them to witness an important aspect of the maritime industry and to learn what happens in practice.
‘The whole crew were friendly and welcoming and took time to answer our questions where the dedication and enthusiasm to the lifeboat service was evident.'
Hartlepool RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager Chris Hornsey said: ‘We were delighted to welcome the students to the Ferry Road boathouse and I am sure they have learnt a lot about the RNLI and saving lives at sea and we are also very grateful for the generous donation they made to help with running costs at the station.'
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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.