St Ives Lifeboat crew receive heartwarming poems

Lifeboats News Release

St Ives Junior school wrote beautiful poems and stories

St Ives Junior School

After a very busy week for our crew, its been so wonderful to receive poems, stories and pictures from our local children of St Ives Junior School, thanks for letting us share them.

We loved them so much, we really wanted to share them with all our followers

Poem 1:
My daddy and the lifeboat
Daddy when you go on a shout I really want to come, but the sheer size of the boat makes me want to run.
Daddy does it go fast? How far do you go? I would really love to follow to see the blue sea glow.
What happens when its stormy? Do you ever get scared? When the boat rocks and your feeling quite
bare. Daddy do you get hungry? What do you do? I wish I could come and bring you some stew.
Do you remember that time at the cinema your pager went off and you had a dilemma? you can’t
leave me but there was someone stuck out at sea!
When you’re at home and the pager goes off, what do you think? When does daddy stop! Mummy
looks up with that stare in her eyes, off runs Daddy as he wave’s goodbye.
When I grow up, I think ill have a go, I quite fancy being be like my hero!
Lexi and Alba Bentley - Chard

Poem 2:
The RNLI Rescue Poem
The loud siren wakes the town
The RNLI crew come racing down
Out comes the tractor tugging the boat
Down the slipway, now it’s afloat.
They zoom past the pier out to the shout
Where a struggling swimmer is about to pass out
With the searchlights they spotted the swimmer
So they moved the boat a little bit nearer
They hoisted him up a board
But what they couldn’t retrieve was his surfboard
As they zoomed back past the pier
The town was up in cheer
Safe at shore, that really put them to the test
But now it’s time to have a well deserved rest.
The End - by F, Year 5 at St Ives Junior School

My Grandad’s story.
My Grandad was in the RNLI. He started as a launcher when he was 15 in 1960 (he’s 75 now), then went on to the inshore lifeboat ILB (the small one) in 1963, and then in 1964 he became part of the crew! He eventually became the second mechanic on the big lifeboat. He served for more than 30 years and he is a very brave man! I asked my Grandad if he could tell me a story about when he saved someone's life. This is his story
A 999 call came in, on the phone, the caller said that someone was drowning over Hayle! Immediately, the men got on the lifeboat. One of those men was my Grandad. When they got there, they saw the teenager with his arms up in the air screaming, “HELP”! Suddenly he went under the sea! The men could not see him anywhere, but then he popped back up from the water. The men went right to him, but just as they got there he went underwater once again! One of the men (I don't have to tell you who) reached down and grabbed him out of the water (by his hair) and he started to breathe again. He told me it was a time when they definitely saved someone's life.
by L, Year 5 at St Ives Junior School

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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 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.

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