It was business as usual during 'International Women's Day' for Hartlepool RNLI volunteer crew members Clare Barber, Jayne Mandeville and Chandler Wilson as they took part in a training session from the Ferry Road boathouse on a cold crisp Sunday Morning.
Clare who works for a local sub-sea cable company and is currently deputy second coxswain for the all weather lifeboat and a helm for the inshore lifeboat at the station said 'I think it's important to recognize the event and highlight the fact women are doing the same job roles as anyone else. As volunteers we all work together here with one aim which is to simply to save lives at sea’.
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.