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HONITON: RNLI talk on statistics and new lifeboat arrival

Thursday, 15 May 2014

THE guest speaker at Honiton Probus Club's latest meeting was Brian Cole, honorary speaker for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution who both entertained and educated members with a slideshow. To summarise, the RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea. Their volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the UK and Republic of Ireland from 237 lifeboat stations. Additionally, it has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 200 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk. The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since it was founded in 1824 the lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95 per cent of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices. One of the RNLI's newest class of lifeboat, the Shannon, is due to arrive at Exmouth lifeboat station on Friday May 9th around 1pm. Named the “R and J Welburn”, the new boat will be accompanied by several others, a sight not to be missed. Honiton Probus Club meets at lunchtime on the last Thursday of the month at the Honiton Inn, Awliscombe for retired or semi-retired professional and businessmen in Honiton and the surrounding area. New members are welcome. For further details contact the club secretary John Hicks on 01404 43392.

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