Exmouth RNLI volunteers on standby over Christmas

PUBLISHED: 08:00 24 December 2017

It may be Christmas, but Exmouth RNLI volunteers remain on standby during the festives season. Ref exe 8088-35-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

It may be Christmas, but Exmouth RNLI volunteers remain on standby during the festives season. Ref exe 8088-35-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

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Exmouth: volunteer RNLI lifeboat crew members and shore crew will be ready to react if their pagers sound over the festive season.

Exmouth RNLI volunteers will be on standby this Christmas, ready to drop everything to rescue anyone in trouble at sea.

Volunteer lifeboat crew members and shore crew will be ready to react if their pagers sound over the festive season. They are on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to help save lives at sea - and inland during floods.

The RNLI said it was ‘not uncommon’ for lifeboat crews to forfeit present opening, Christmas dinner, and family time for hours away from home in rough seas.

James Millidge, RNLI area lifesaving manager, said: “At this time of year I’m always reminded just how extraordinary our volunteers are.

“They give up valuable time with their families throughout the year and the Christmas period is no exception.

“We are proud to have such dedicated volunteers with such supportive families who spare them at a time when most other families come together.”

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