Budding football stars learn about RNLI Clacton
On Saturday 6 August 2022 around 10am, RNLI Clacton and some of their volunteer crew opened the boathouse to a group from FC Clacton to give them a tour of the lifeboat station.
The group of keen footballers, accompanied by their coach (also a volunteer crew member) were first taken to the crew room, where they were given important information about what the RNLI does, how we help people and importantly what risks and hazards they should all look out for when visiting the beach.
By far the most popular part was the tour of the boat house, where they were shown our two lifeboats, the D-Class ILB (Inshore Lifeboat) ‘Damar’s Pride’ and Atlantic 85 B- Class ‘David Porter MPS’ and lots of interesting questions were asked by all, including how long our lifeboats can stay afloat and how much it costs to buy a new lifeboat!
The visitors also got to see our launch vehicles and what an important part of our equipment they are.
Finally, the children (and adults) were treated to a description of what our volunteer crews do if the D-Class lifeboat were to capsize and the steps needed to right the boat and get the engine working again.
RNLI Press Officer, Mark Walsham said 'It is always great to welcome youth groups into the boathouse, so they get to see what it really is like behind the scenes, but also just as importantly to better understand how to keep themselves safe in and around the water. Any groups interested in a visit can contact us via our website or Facebook page where we would be happy to arrange this.'.
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RNLI media contacts
For more information please contact:
Mark Walsham, RNLI Clacton volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07468511158, or [email protected]
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.
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