Stormy Stan the Lifeboat Man meets Whitstable Harbour Market Traders
Stormy Stan the lifeboat man popped out from Whitstable Lifeboat Station on Sunday morning to the other end off the harbour to meet traders from the Whitstable Harbour Market and to present a certificate of thanks for the monies raised at Christmas events around the harbour.
Whitstable lifeboat's Mark Sidders said “Our thanks go to the traders for their help in raising £500 over the two weekends before the festive season, events at which Stormy Stan met numerous children and their parents and participated in activities around the Harbour Market Christmas grotto, the traders providing gifts for the children to be given out by Santa”
“The monies will go towards the continuing operating costs of the station. The lifeboat launched 'on service' on 38 occasions last year with July and August being the busiest months to a variety of calls in our area and, once again our thanks go to all those who support Whitstable lifeboat, its volunteer crews and the RNLI in its role of saving lives at sea”.
Notes to editors
Whitstable RNLI Lifeboat Station was established in 1963 by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution and is one of 237 lifeboat stations around the shores of the UK and Ireland. The volunteer crews provide a maritime search and rescue service for the Kent coast. They cover the area between the Kingsferry Bridge on the Swale, in the west, around the south-eastern side of Sheppey and along the coast through Whitstable and Herne Bay to Reculver in the east and outwards into the Thames Estuary.
The station is equipped with an Atlantic 85 lifeboat named Lewisco, purchased through a bequest of a Miss Lewis of London who passed away in 2006.
She is what is known as a rigid inflatable inshore lifeboat, the boat’s rigid hull being topped by an inflatable sponson. She carries a crew of four people.
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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.