Skegness RNLI Lifeboat Day hailed a great success

Monday 2 August 2010

Author: Russell Matthews

Skegness RNLI Lifeboat Day hailed a great success
The annual Skegness RNLI Lifeboat Day (Saturday) has been hailed a huge success by station Coxswain John Irving.

A provisional total of over 9,000 has been raised for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution following collections throughout the week and on the day itself, with a single donation of 3,500 helping to boost the total significantly.

"We're extremely grateful to everyone who came down to see us on Saturday, or put some loose change in a collection bucket during the week." John said this morning (Monday) when the total was revealed.

John added, "The RNLI is a charity. We rely on donations and fundraising events like this to keep the lifeboats ready to go to sea and save lives. The support we get from locals, from all around Lincolnshire and all the visitors to the area is fantastic and really does make a big difference."

Members of the Skegness Ladies' Lifeboat Guild were out in force all week, collecting outside the Hildreds Shopping Centre in the town with a model of the station's all-weather lifeboat Lincolnshire Poacher.

On Saturday, both lifeboats were on display outside the lifeboat station, with various games and displays for visitors to take part in. The crew were joined by a sea survival team from RAF Waddington taking part in the training/demonstration rescues in the afternoon.

At 1pm the Lincolnshire & Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance made an appearance, landing near the lifeboat station for a joint cheque presentation from Ambulance Aid, Nottingham. Both the RNLI and Air Ambulance were presented with cheques for 3,500, before the helicopter was called away to an emergency at Sutton Bridge.

Another donation of 850 was presented by Nottingham Model Boat Club who had setup their usual display of beautifully-detailed model boats and lifeboats inside the lifeboat station.

Demonstration rescues

The day offered the chance for visitors to see a number of mock rescues, during a demonstration launch in the afternoon.

Both lifeboats, RNLI lifeguards, an RAF life raft and rescue helicopter, a speedboat and a lifeboat crew member on an inflatable were all involved in the demonstration off Central Beach lasting over two hours. Eleven RNLI and RAF personnel were winched into the Sea King Rescue helicopter during the demonstration, and lowered onto the Skegness all-weather lifeboat.

Another busy day on Skegness beach and another successful Lifeboat Day came to an end around 6pm.
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