Children quiz RNLI crewmen

PUBLISHED: 15:48 19 December 2011

Photo: L-R Ms Betambau, Mark Sansom and Stormy Stan (Chris Sims) with some of the schoolchildren.

Photo: L-R Ms Betambau, Mark Sansom and Stormy Stan (Chris Sims) with some of the schoolchildren.

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Two Exmouth lifeboatmen visited Withycombe Raleigh Primary School and chatted to 90 enthralled children about their responsibilities.

Mark Sansom, who has been a volunteer lifeboat crew member for 13 years, and Chris Sims – disguised as Stormy Stan, the RNLI mascot - visited the children to talk about their work.

The children enjoyed dressing up in lifeboat clothing and watched a DVD that explained what happens when the emergency services are called to a rescue at sea.

Mark talked to the children about what being a volunteer involves and how they all have to drop their paid jobs whenever the pagers go off, and answer the call.

He said: “I hoped to pitch it just right and capture their imaginations and they were great, asking lots of questions.

“We got on to talking about wildlife at sea and one of the little girls asked me if I’d seen a mermaid. I answered no, but I am hoping to one day!”

Chris who has been a volunteer lifeboatman for 18 years said: “My son was in the group but he didn’t know I was dressed up as Stormy Stan. It was really sweet when I went to pick him up after school and he told me all about it. When I told him it was me, he was really surprised.

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