Sunderland RNLI 2012 Lifeboat Day – A Great Success

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Sunderland RNLI inshore lifeboat assists the young sailor ashore during the ‘mock’ rescue demonstration.

Sunderland RNLI Station has hailed their annual “Lifeboat Day” as huge success, raising just over £2,800 to go towards the charities running costs for the coming year.

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MP Julie Elliott with RNLI volunteers at the opening of the event.

The event which was opened by MP for Sunderland Central Julie Elliott and attended by the Mayor and Mayoress of Sunderland; Councillors Iain Kay and Barbara McClennan


The highlight of the event for the crowds was a mock rescue demonstration involving Sunderland RNLI’s inshore lifeboat and a sailing dinghy from Sunderland Yacht Club.


Other attractions included children’s rides, various stalls, games (including “Soak a Geordie”), and a model boat display.


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RNLI beach lifeguards & Paramedics assist the teenager with a dislocated shoulder.

The event was also attended by the all weather lifeboat from Sunderland’s neighbouring RNLI lifeboat station at Hartlepool as well as being supported by volunteers from local business and charitable groups; Sainsbury’s; Sunderland football club’s foundation and Barclays bank.


Throughout the day a local amateur radio group (event call sign GB1SLB) were broadcasting across the country and the world during the day to promote the event and the work of the RNLI.


Music and entertainment was provided throughout the day by Sunderland’s Community Steel Pan band ‘Pantastic’. They are a 23 strong group of mixed ages and physical abilities that play a variety of music from traditional Caribbean calypso to 50s rock ‘n’ roll right through to modern pop music.


During the event RNLI Lifeboats and Lifeguards were called into action on three separate occasions:


(1) To assist a teenage boy [16 year old] who dislocated his shoulder playing beach volleyball. The boy was given emergency first aid by RNLI Lifeguards and Lifeboat Crew, before transferred to Sunderland Royal Hospital by Ambulance.


(2) Late in afternoon RNLI beach lifeguards launched their paddleboard to assist a young kayaker who had capsized and was unable to right and re-board his kayak. After being helped into his kayak; the young boy was able to paddle ashore unaided.


Paul Nicholson, Senior Helmsman at Sunderland RNLI said “On behalf of all of volunteers at the RNLI station I would like to thank everyone to helped make this day a great success, both in terms of fundraising and enjoyment for crowds who attended the event. Without events like these, we would not be able to continue the great work our predecessors started two hundred and twelve years ago”.

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