Author: Alex Richards
Members of the Sunderland RNLI Lifeboat Station and Lifeboat Guild invite supporters to the stations annual ‘Harbour Day’ which is to be held on the Sunday 2 August 2015 at Sunderland Marina outside the lifeboat station.
The Sunderland RNLI Station has a history of 210 years of saving lives at sea. During those years the class and types of lifeboats has changed from sail and oar, to today’s state of the art power craft equipped with navigation aids and capable of speeds of up to 35 knots.
The RNLI has operated a beach lifeguard service on beaches at Roker and Seaburn on behalf of Sunderland City Council since 2009.
The event will be officially opened at 10.00am by Jo Wardell whose fiancé Alex sadly passed away when entering the water at Hendon beach earlier this year. Jo herself was rescued by the lifeboat and has recently worked with the RNLI nationally as part of the Respect the Water campaign educating others on the hidden dangers when entering the water.
The end of the event will take place at 2pm when the crowds will get the chance to see the charities lifeboats taking part in a rescue demonstration with a Search and Rescue Helicopter from RAF Boulmer***.
Other attractions will include live music, various stalls, and games (including ‘Soak a Lifeboat crewman’),
James Jamieson Lifeboat Operations Manager at Sunderland RNLI said ‘We would like to invite the people of Sunderland to come along and take part in this Harbour day at our Lifeboat Station. It will give everyone the chance to meet our volunteer crew and have a look around our two Inshore Lifeboats the as well contributing towards the charities on-going running costs’.
***Subject to operational requirements.