Super quick and super slick: RNLI lifesavers demonstrate how quick they kit up

Lifeboats News Release

In a newly released video, RNLI lifesavers from Hastings demonstrate how quick and slick their lifesavers are at kitting up when a call comes in, almost as quick as Clark Kent becoming Superman!

RNLI lifesavers from Hastings have created an uplifting, fun social video to put a smile on supporters faces during these challenging times. The RNLI lifesavers have to be ready to respond 24/7 at a moment’s notice during the pandemic and in this quirky video, they can be seen kitting up in a matter of seconds.

The video showcases the Hasting volunteers jumping into wellies, drysuits appearing to be put on at a blink of an eye and an RNLI lifeguard walking round the back of his board and appearing in a wetsuit ready for action.

Andy Doe, Coxswain at Hastings RNLI said: ‘This year has been challenging for many, but also as a charity, we’ve faced our own challenging times with our fundraising efforts being hit hard. At Hastings RNLI we thought it was time to a put a smile back on our supporters’ faces and thought we’d showcase that our RNLI lifesavers are still on hand and ready to save lives at sea by producing a fun little video.’

RNLI lifesavers continued to work tirelessly throughout the pandemic to keep people safe as lockdown restrictions eased and people flocked to the coast.

The RNLI has spent £1.2M this year on PPE to keep its lifesavers and the public safe during the coronavirus crisis, including almost 700,000 face masks, 2.4 million gloves and 4,700 litres of hand sanitiser. Additionally, RNLI shops were closed, and fundraising events were cancelled, costing the RNLI millions in lost income.

As a charity, the RNLI relies on the support of the public to continue saving lives – and that support is needed now more than ever. The charity has launched its Christmas Appeal. To support, visit: RNLI.org/Xmas

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