Safety Awareness Day with Appledore RNLI.- Easter Saturday

Lifeboats News Release

Appledore RNLI’s new Water Safety Team is holding a Safety Awareness Day at Churchfield Car Park, from 10.00 am to 3.00 pm on Easter Saturday 16th April.

The team’s aim is to raise public awareness of water safety in the area, highlighting the problems that can be encountered in the estuary and the surrounding seas and beaches, as well as providing friendly advice on general water safety issues and guidelines to help enhance everyone’s safety and enjoyment both on and by the water. No one wants to caught out in a potentially very dangerous situation; everyone is very welcome to meet the team, learn about the water and discuss any issues they may have.

All volunteers, and headed by one of Appledore RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat mechanics and inshore life boat helms Stuart Moles, the new team also includes Appledore RNLI’s long standing Education Officer and local Coastguard Matt Cox, as well as newcomers Dave Creasey and Yvonne Boutle. The team understand and have much first-hand experience of the local area and have been involved in many rescues including those resulting coastal erosion, people being cut off by the fast flowing tides, beach mud rescues, boaters, fishermen, kite surfers, kayakers, surfers, jet skis and much else.

The fundraising Face-to-Face team headed by Franky Langbridge will also be present and just down the road, at the end of Irsha Street, the Lifeboat Station will open its doors at 10 am to the public for the first time in two years where the Lifeboat shop will also be open.

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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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