From New Brighton to Khao Lak, Thailand an epic 6,000 mile journey and the story of the RNLI
RNLI New Brighton, Lifeboat Operations Manager, Ian Thornton recently embarked on a three week holiday of a lifetime with his wife to Thailand.
On one of their excursions, they called into a beach bar in Khao Lak, Thailand only to be served by a waiter wearing an RNLI branded cap!
With the assistance of a Thai/English translator Ian was able to speak to the waiter and explain the role of the RNLI and how they save lives at sea.
After hearing the background and the history of the RNLI the waiter was taken aback and is now extremely proud to wear the cap, even posing for a picture!
What a fantastic story and just goes to show the reach of the RNLI across the world!
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.