Service Marks Work Of The Lifeboat

Dozens of islanders and visitors attended the RNLI lifeboat service on Holgate’s Green last night.

Reverend Charlie Gibbs led the service and had to speak up to be heard by the back of the crowd as the public address system failed. He said the event is a chance to celebrate the work of the RNLI, which is “part of the lifeblood of our community.”

Chris Thomas, the Lifeboat Launch Authority was pleased so many visitors went and he says the service can save the lives of both locals and holidaymakers – just this week, he says, a regular islands’ visitor made a £1000 donation to the local lifeboat.

A group of scouts from Reading in Berkshire who are camping here also attended the service.

In a separate story, there was a nice surprise for the Lifeboat Coxswain Stuart Hitchens yesterday.

He met some French sailors who were rescued from their trimaran by St Mary’s lifeboat 20 years ago.

A woman, who was 3 years of age at the time of the incident, came to express thanks, take a crew photo at the boathouse and present three bottles of champagne.



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