All-female crew launch Hastings RNLI lifeboat to rescue swimmer
When Hastings RNLI was alerted to a swimmer in distress off Bexhill on Monday 9 May, an all-female shore crew were first on the scene to launch the lifeboat.
The volunteers were quick to respond but fortunately by the time the lifeboat arrived the swimmer had made it safely back to shore. The shore crew, made up of both experienced and newly trained volunteers, ensured that the lifeboat reached the sea quickly while following safety procedures on the beach.
The RNLI volunteers received the alert at 3:29pm and launched the inshore D class lifeboat (ILB) Richard Francis at 3:40pm. Long-time volunteer, but recently trained driver, Holly Lane drove the Bobcat, the vehicle responsible for getting the lifeboat to the sea. Linda Revill acted as Beach Marshal, while Sarah Milne took the role of Head Launcher, supported by Lynda Franklin who formed part of the shore crew. Sarah has also recently been appointed Hastings RNLI Water Safety Officer.
Holly Lane, Hastings RNLI Volunteer, said: ‘We all respond as quickly as we can when we receive an alert and Monday was no different. All volunteers, no matter their gender, work as one crew and many of us are trained in multiple roles, not all require us to head out to sea.
We were relieved the swimmer was recovered safely and we’re glad we were contacted and able to respond so quickly.’
Hastings RNLI is based on East Beach Street, The Stade, in Old Town Hastings, and is currently recruiting for a Volunteer Branch Event Assistant. For anyone that might be interested in this role, or any other RNLI volunteer positions in Hastings, Rye and surrounding areas details can be found here.
Notes to editors
Photo: stock photo of the Hastings D class inshore lifeboat Richard Francis. Credit: Kt Bruce/RNLI. This press release and photos as well as previous stories about Hastings RNLI can be found on our website: https://rnli.org/news-and-media
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