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A Refreshing Start to 2017

Lifeboats News Release

It was a great turnout for the annual New Years Day Dip at St Bees. There were plenty of swimmers and a large number of people to watch them brave the cold Irish Sea.

Three of our volunteers on standby in case anyone gets into difficulties during the swim

RNLI/Colin Wadey

Safety cover for the swimmers

The lifeboat station gave the swimmers a place to get changed in while the volunteers not taking the plunge were on hand to provide safety cover and supply much needed hot drinks.

Well done to Adam and Emma from the St Bees Triers for organising the event. Dick Beddows lifeboat operations manager said ‘It was a magnificent turnout on a cold but sunny morning with over £500 raised for the RNLI’.

Notes to editors

RNLI media contacts

For more information please telephone Colin Wadey, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07742207222 or email or Alison Levett, Public Relations Manager, North, on 0778668912 email

Lining up in front of our lifeboat before taking the plunge

RNLI/Colin Wadey

Team Photo
The brave swimmers going in to the Irish Sea

RNLI/Colin Wadey

Taking the plunge

Key facts about the RNLI

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 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. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% 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.

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