Clacton RNLI welcome Damar’s Pride to the fleet
In a long-standing tradition within the RNLI, Clacton RNLI welcomed and named the latest addition to charity's lifeboat fleet, Damar’s Pride, into service in a short ceremony that saw local families, crew members and the community come together to celebrate the handover of the life saving boat.
At 3.00pm on Saturday 24 July, on a busy day already for the Clacton volunteer crews, who had been called out twice earlier in the day – all crew, volunteer fundraisers, shop volunteers and supporters gathered at the Clacton lifeboat station to celebrate and name the new D-class ILB (inshore lifeboat) – the Damar’s Pride.
Mr Andrew Snell, of a longstanding line of RNLI supporters whose family kindly donated the new D-Class lifeboat to Clacton’s station reminded everyone attending as to why these lifeboats are vital. Mr Snell recounted some of the lines from “Eternal Father Strong to Save” and reflected on how everyone in the RNLI contributes to help those that are in peril on the seas. From the volunteer crew members through to those that run and administer the organisation, all these volunteers drive toward one goal together – to save lives at sea.
The Snell family, benefactor of the station's previous D-class ILB, Damarkand IV which made countless rescues during its lifetime and is now on exhibition in Falmouth museum – have been staunch supporters of the RNLI over the last 50 years.
Mr Snell officially handed over the D-class ILB to Deputy Chair of the RNLI Janet Cooper, who then passed the lifeboat onto Clacton Lifeboat Operations Manager – David Wells who thanked the family for their past and continued support of the Clacton lifeboat station.
Mr Wells commented: 'We are very fortunate to have Marion, Andrew and the Snell family supporting us, with this, their second donation of a lifeboat to the Clacton station – we thank you all and it is very much appreciated by us, the crew and everyone involved in trying to make our community as safe as it can be.
'Damar’s Pride has already done some great lifesaving work this year and a highlight was a call to an unconscious casualty in the water around the pier, where our volunteer crew rescued and recovered the casualty not breathing and face down from the sea into the care of the local ambulance service within minutes of the call out. The casualty was resuscitated and I am in no doubt was saved by our crew using this versatile lifeboat.
'One thing is for sure, we shall look after and cherish this lifeboat, and in return it shall look after the crew, keeping them safe and together helping us to save lives at sea.'
Mrs Marion Snell then proceeded to officially name the D-class boat by the traditional dousing of the lifeboat with champagne, followed with a short service by Father Justin Hutcherson of St James Church. Then all those assembled were invited to see a demonstration of Damar’s Pride when the crew launched into the open seas.
Clacton RNLI would like to send sincere thanks to the Snell family, crew, fundraisers, committee members, shop volunteers and anyone involved in helping the lifeboat station – without such support the team could not continue to do what they do – helping those that are in peril on the seas.
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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.