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Southwold and Dunwich Lifeboat Day 2023 - a success despite storms!

Lifeboats News Release

Southwold and Dunwich Fundraisers held their annual lifeboat day on Saturday 5 August. Despite torrential rain the event, which united the RNLI beach lifeguards and Aldeburgh lifeboat with Southwold lifeboat, was a resounding success drawing huge local support.

Jonathan Sapsford, [email protected]

Southwold RNLI and Aldeburgh RNLI provide demonstration

The day began with a joint demonstration from the combined teams. The lifeguards rescued a training mannequin and transferred it to Southwold’s lifeboat, the Annie Tranmer. Following this, Southwold’s crew played the parts of a fishing boat crew forced to abandon their vessel, for rescue by the Aldeburgh team.

Storm Antoni’s arrival brought wind and rain, but despite the conditions locals and holidaymakers came in their droves to watch the demonstration from the beach, promenade and cliff top.

Following the demonstration the crews returned to the Lifeboat Station, where visitors were able to view the lifeboats and chat to crew for the rest of the day.

Lisa Dann of the Southwold and Dunwich Fundraisers said ‘We are so grateful for everyone’s support on Lifeboat Day this year considering the weather. Southwold crew and flank station Aldeburgh put on an amazing display with our beach lifeguards, helping us raise more money than last year. An amazing team effort all round.’

Southwold RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager Simon Hazelgrove added ‘This really was a day to remember with the charity's lifeguards and Aldeburgh lifeboat joining Southwold Lifeboat as a ‘one-RNLI' team to put on a spectacular display. The torrential rain didn’t dampen anyone's spirits with the public coming out in force to support us for which we were all very grateful. It made us all feel very proud to be part of and serve this community.’

After the collection buckets had been emptied of rainwater and the counting completed, the total raised from the day was £2,109.24.

Plans are already underway for next year's 200th anniversary celebrations including a Summer Ball and a Lifeboat Week.

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Please credit Jonathan Sapsford,
[email protected]

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