We have that Friday feeling and thought we'd finish the week with this stunning sunset! The training boats at the RNLI College all tucked up ready for the next training session. 📸 @watchandshoot_lifeboats #FridayFeeling #rnli #sunset
Our volunteers put in hours of training every year to ensure they are ready to save lives at sea.
At our HQ in Poole they get the opportunity to train in the sea survival pool and practice capsize procedures in a controlled environment. Hopefully this won’t happen for real but they train for all eventualities.
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The D class if often referred to as the workhorse of our fleet and was introduced in 1963. She comes into her own for searches and rescues in the surf, shallow water and among rocks. Here Port Talbot D class launches into rough seas on a training session.
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We are no stranger to rescuing all types of pets, especially dogs! If your pet ever gets into trouble in or around water, remember not to go in after them and instead dial 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard. #NationalLoveYourPetDay #Safety #RNLI #Dogsofinstagram #Spaniel
We love our museums here at the RNLI, and we know you will too if you give them a visit. So if you’re looking for something to do this half term, why not find your nearest RNLI museum
From visiting the Grace Darling Museum in Bamburgh where you’ll be inspired by the national heroine who lived in a lighthouse and carried out an incredible rescue in 1838, to the Henry Blogg Museum in Cromer, where you can learn about the most decorated lifeboat crew member in history.
Or how about a visit to Chatham Historic Dockyard (@dockyard.chatham) in Kent where you can discover the stories behind the UK’s largest collection of historic lifeboats, which together have saved hundreds of lives
And don’t forget the Calm Before the Storm photography exhibition at @poolemuseum. You’ll find over 80 images of lifeboats captured by the Beken family dating back over 100 years alongside amazing @lordlowe images of current lifeboat crews on glass plates.
#Museum #Heritage #History #Lifeboat #HalfTerm #GraceDarling #GraceDarlingMuseum #HenryBlogg #HenryBloggMuseum #ChathamHistoricDockyard #halftermfun #lifeboatstationproject #Beken #hlfsupported #PooleMuseum #RNLI #CalmBeforetheStorm
83 years ago today, one of the most demanding rescues ever was undertaken by the crew of #BallycottonRNLI. Enduring 49 hours at sea, 25 hours without food and only 3 hours of sleep, the crew of the Mary Stanford successfully rescued the eight crew members aboard the Daunt Rock Lightship, the Comet which had broken from its moorings and was drifting without engine power. For their bravery, the crew were awarded Bronze medals, the Second Coxswain and Mechanic were awarded Silver Medals and a Gold Medal was awarded to Coxswain Patrick Sliney. #RNLI #Lifeboat #Heritage #History #Rescue
Of our 238 lifeboat stations, each and every one has a history to tell.
RNLI Fraserburgh Lifeboat Station is one of both triumph and tragedy, spanning its 188-year history.
66 years ago tomorrow, on February 9, 1953, Fraserburgh lifeboat launched to escort fishing vessels into the harbour, but she was tragically capsized by huge swells. The second coxswain managed to swim ashore, but six of his fellow crew members were lost.
Despite this, and other tragic events, the commitment of the Fraserburgh community to saving lives at sea lives on and the last of 15 RNLI medals presented to Fraserburgh crew was awarded to Coxswain Albert Sutherland in 1997.
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Thanks for your support - what a fab shot • @visitwales 'A wintery scene from the skies above Tenby on a cold and blustery day. I think this shot really highlights the debt we owe to the @rnli for being willing to go out year round in all weathers #savinglivesatsea' | Diolch yn fawr / Thank you to @uplookingdown for tagging #VisitWales
Crashing through the waves together are Falmouth lifeboats, the Richard Scott Severn class and their B class lifeboat, Eve Plank. The station was established in 1867 and has a long history of rescuing those in difficulty.
On this day in 1914 the Falmouth lifeboat rescued five men in the early hours of the morning. A vessel had been totally wrecked and washed up on Gull Rock. The darkness, considerable thick cloud and heavy sea made it considerably difficult to locate the vessel, and before the lifeboat arrived sadly 19 of the crew had perished. The five survivors brought back by the lifeboat in an exhausted condition. Photo courtesy of, Simon Culliford, Falmouth's Deputy Press Officer. #Falmouth #Lifeboats #Heritage #Rescues
One hundred years ago today, lifeboats from Ramsgate and North Deal rescued 96 crew from the steamer, s.s. Piave, of New Jersey. They had launched two days before in rough seas and a blinding snow-storm to the vessel which had run aground. It had rolled onto its side, attempts to refloat the Piave proved unsuccessful but following a continuous period of forty-eight hours at sea without rest and in terrible conditions, the lifeboats returned with the last of the survivors.
The President of the U.S.A. awarded gold medals to the members of the crew on both lifeboats and gold watches as well to the coxswains. Our volunteers today show the same courage as those before them, as shown in this cracking photo of Ramsgate’s Trent class lifeboat in rough weather. #Ramsgate #NorthDeal #Lifeboats #America #Rescues #Heritage #Trent
This close up shot of Barmouth’s incoming Shannon class lifeboat has been brilliantly captured by photographer Steve Lowe. As you can see here the lifeboat is propelled by waterjets instead of traditional propellers, the first modern all-weather lifeboat to do so, making it our most agile and manoeuvrable all-weather lifeboat yet. At maximum power, the Shannon lifeboat pumps 1.5 tonnes of water each second from her waterjets.
The crew at Barmouth have been undergoing sea trials as they familiarise themselves with the lifeboat, ahead of welcoming it officially to the station later this year. #Barmouth #RNLI #Lifeboats #Shannon #Rescues #SeaTrials