04/10/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 04/10/2019 09:12
RNLI lifeboat crew became guides for Class 9 on 20 March 2019 as the volunteer team took the group on a tour of the boathouse. The schoolchildren learned about call outs and crew equipment, before finally watching the lifeboat launch from the beach.
The near six-year-olds and accompanying teachers were taken through a talk on the boathouse, how the RNLI volunteers are tasked by the UK Coastguard to launch the lifeboat, and a demonstration of the drysuits worn by the crew.
During their tour, the youngsters had the chance to sit in the tractor cab, see the lifeboat and get kitted up in the crew protective suits and helmets.
Following lunch at the boathouse, the three-hour visit ended with a walk to New Brighton beach where the group watched RNLI crew launch the lifeboat onto the River Mersey for a scheduled training exercise.
Teacher Rebecca Keen said: 'The children had such a wonderful experience on their visit to the lifeboat station. It was fantastic to bring to life some of the things they have been learning about as part of their People-who-Help-Us topic.
'The team went out of their way to provide exciting opportunities for the children. They loved trying on the kits, seeing the boat and climbing into the tractor. Their favourite part was definitely watching the boat in the river. A fantastic day had by all, we are very grateful. Thank you - we now have a lot of future lifeboat crew members in our class!'
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, Carrybridgeand 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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Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries
Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 or by email.
The RNLI is a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Charity number 20003326 in the Republic of Ireland