Public Get Chance To See Island’s Lifeboat Close Up

A steady stream of both islanders and visitors climbed aboard the Whiteheads, the St Mary’s lifeboat, which was berthed at the side of the quay yesterday afternoon.

Crew members were onboard to explain how the lifeboat operates in its first open day of the season.

Richard Mills says that many people have never seen a vessel like it before.

He says most people are surprised at how big it is and how far the vessel can travel in an emergency adding that the engine room is particularly popular with the men.

The open day was also a chance to meet with the crew and hear about their roles including the navigators and mechanics who have to undergo extensive training.

And the most unusual question of the day? Richard was asked whether the crew live on board the lifeboat.