RNLI - Royal National Lifeboat Institution

03/12/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 03/12/2019 11:19

‘Salcombe and Hope Cove Lifeboat Stations – Celebrating 150 years’

Lifeboats Media Invite

Tuesday 12 March 2019

The fascinating history of Salcombe and Hope Cove Lifeboat Stations has been brought to life in a new 162-page book written by Salcombe Lifeboat Museum Curator, Roger Barrett and published by the RNLI in its Station History series.

Timed to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the RNLI's presence in Salcombe, the book tells the story of the brave volunteers and their lifeboats which, since 1869, have launched on service over 1600 times and battled against the elements to save nearly 500 lives and bring a further 1350 people to safety.

The new book, it is to be formally launched at a special event in Cliff House, Salcombe at 5pm on Wednesday March 27th with the Broadcaster and Marine Biologist Monty Halls lending his support. The event, which is free and open to all, will include a short presentation, with slides and selected readings, by the author, followed by book signings.

'Salcombe and Hope Cove Lifeboat Stations - Celebrating 150 years' is also available from the Lifeboat shop (weekends only until April 1st), Helly Hansen, Fortescue Inn, Salcombe DIY, Luscombe Maye, Will Bees Bespoke, Salcombe Yacht Club and Salcombe Garage and, in Kingsbridge, at the Harbour Bookshop. Price £8.95. Or it can be ordered online by emailing [email protected] Over 160 illustrations. All profits will help the RNLI to save lives at sea.

Key facts about the RNLI

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

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