Friday, August 9, 2013
Exmouth RNLI has to raise £150,000 for new lifeboat launch and recovery vehicle; Learn about the fundraising drive at the charity’s open day on Sunday, August 18
EXMOUTH’S Royal National Lifeboat Institute provides an essential year-round emergency service for everyone who uses the waters around our town.
From the Exe to the estuary, our shoreline and beyond, the dedicated RNLI volunteers give everything – even risking their own lives – to save others.
The team has been doing this since 1803, when a lifeboat was first established in Exmouth.
Since then, lifeboats have been launched nearly 3,000 times, around 2,000 people have been rescued, and more than 628 lives have been saved.
There’s a chance to find out more about the team’s vital work on Sunday, August 18, when Exmouth RNLI holds its open day at the boathouse on Queen’s Drive from 10am to 4pm.
You can take a tour around the station, meet the crew, come on board the all-weather lifeboat, enjoy the stalls, have a go on the tombola, “Launch the Lifeboat” and much more.
And, as at last year’s open day, Stormy Stan – the team’s mascot – will be on hand to welcome everyone along.
It’s free entry, but bring plenty of cash with you to help Exmouth RNLI raise £150,000 to launch its new Shannon-class lifeboat.
NEW LIFEBOAT IS POWERED BY JETS
A NEW, innovative and highly manoeuvrable class of RNLI lifeboat will soon be patrolling our waters.
Exmouth RNLI will be the second station in the country – and the first in the South West – to take delivery of the new Shannon-class lifeboat.
Due early in 2014, the new £2million lifeboat will replace Exmouth’s current RNLI Mersey-class lifeboat, Margaret Jean.
The new lifeboat uses twin water jets instead of conventional propellers, enabling her to operate in shallow waters.
Highly manoeuvrable, she will give the crew greater control when alongside other craft and in confined waters.
The boat can reach 25 knots, making it almost 50 per cent faster than the previous boat, and will save precious time during a rescue.
But it’s not all plain sailing. The new lifeboat needs a special launch and recovery system, which is why Exmouth RNLI has set up its latest appeal.
It’s aiming to raise £150,000, which is where you can help…
BESPOKE SYSTEM WAS MADE TO ORDER
EXMOUTH’s lifeboat volunteers need your help to raise £150,000 for special equipment to launch the station’s new Shannon-class lifeboat.
The RNLI has worked with Supacat Ltd to develop the bespoke system – which will be capable of launching and recovering the new lifeboat from the beach at all states of the tide.
The new Launch and Recovery Vehicle – L&RV for short – can negotiate beaches with steep gradients and gullies, or travel long distances over flat, saturated sand or shingle.
It also features a turntable, allowing the boat to be recovered bow-first, then rotated, ready for a quick relaunch.
Exmouth RNLI needs to raise a proportion of the £1million that it has cost to develop and manufacture the L&RV.
There’s no Government funding available, which is why the team is asking for your help to raise the necessary cash. The team can’t launch its new lifeboat without your support.
You can donate £5 by texting RNLI EXMOUTH to 70300 – or call the charity on 0845 122 6999.
NAME OF NEW LIFEBOAT TO HONOUR LEGACY OF RAY AND JOAN WELBURN
THE cost of Exmouth RNLI’s new £1.5million Shannon-class lifeboat will be met by a number of legacies from the estates of local people.
The new lifeboat will be named the R&J Welburn, reflecting the name of the main legator.
Joan Welburn, a Sidmouth resident who passed away in March 2009, requested that the capital from her estate should be used for the provision of a lifeboat as a memorial to her late husband Raymond, who was related to Captain Michael Hansley Welburn.
Master of the lifeboat at Spurn Point on the River Humber, Captain Welburn died in 1853, aged 37. His name was recently added to the RNLI’s memorial, “having lost his life due to exposure to cold while endeavouring to save life and property”.
Collect the set to win tour of new boat
HOW MUCH DO YOU KNOW ABOUT THE DEDICATED TEAM OF VOLUNTEERS BEHIND EXMOUTH’S RNLI STATION?
STARTING in next week’s Journal – and running every week until next March – we’ll be giving you all the facts in our fun and informative cut-out-and-keep series.
Collect the lot – around 30 in all – and you could win a guided tour around the station’s new state-of-the-art Shannon-class lifeboat.