Exmouth RNLI's selfless Christmas act
PUBLISHED: 17:09 20 December 2011
When most people are tucking into Christmas dinner, or celebrating the festive season, Exmouth's RNLI will be ready to drop what they are doing and save the lives of others at sea if their pagers go off.
Exmouth’s volunteer RNLI crew will be turning their backs on family Christmas celebrations if the call comes in that lives need saving at sea over the festive period
In 2010 nine of the 35 lifeboat stations in the region gave up ‘priceless family time’ to launch 14 times - covering over 37 nautical miles and spending a total of 18 hours at sea to rescue 11 people in trouble - when responding to the pagers between Christmas and New.
The RNLI said it was ‘business as usual’ for lifeboat crews in Exmouth and the south west, who remained ‘committed’ to leaving the family festivities behind should they be needed to help those in danger at sea.
Adrian Carey, RNLI divisional inspector for the south west, said the selfless sacrifice lay not just with the volunteer crew members, but also their families.
Mr Carey said: “The spell of winter gales which hit the south west last week really put into perspective the sacrifices our charity’s volunteers are prepared to make to ensure people are safe at sea, in often difficult and dangerous situations.
“It becomes ever more poignant as we enjoy the run up to the festive period when they remain committed to sacrificing this special time with their loved ones if the pagers go off.
“Of course, it is not just the lifeboat crews we should remember - but also their families and friends, who are always prepared for Christmas to be disturbed by the call of the pager.
“And our dedicated fundraisers and supporters, whose work is vital in ensuring we, as a charity, have the funds we need to keep saving lives at sea.”