Learning about coastal life-savers

Newbiggin Lifeboat Station gets a new boat-seen with the crew.
Newbiggin Lifeboat Station gets a new boat-seen with the crew.

Morpeth Inner Wheel

Morpeth Inner Wheel ladies held their April meeting at the Waterford Hotel and enjoyed a very interesting and informative talk by Mrs Mavis Crudace on the work of the RNLI.

Mavis is the Secretary of the Ashington branch and dedicates her life to giving talks about the RNLI to schoolchildren and societies.

She informed us that there are 220 lifeboat stations around the coast of Britain and that the North East coast has a very busy shipping lane, hence the demands on our local lifeboat stations, which do stalwart work entirely voluntary. Now women are included in the rescue teams. It costs almost £1,000 to equip each crew member.

Newbiggin by the Sea has one of the oldest lifeboat stations in the country, which has operated since 1852. Over this time many volunteers have been lost attempting a rescue.

Because of the brave work of fearless people, it is estimated that 150,000 people have been rescued from the sea by the lifeboat crews.

The President of Inner Wheel thanked Mavis for coming and presented her with a donation for the RNLI.