With 19,000 miles of coast to monitor and operating 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, the RNLI’s statistics are impressive.  23,204 people were aided by lifeguards in 2022 alone with the RNLI saving 142,700 lives since 1824.  Needless to say BEWI were thrilled to meet Robin, Nick and Dom at the monthly meeting.  They assured us that they would not be called out on a shout nor was the Mudeford Lifeboat Station short of staff because they were speaking to us.   We were impressed by our visitors, all volunteers with very specific roles and there to keep us safe.  Nick is shore crew and drives the tractor down the slipway with the lifeboat attached.  Sounds easy until you realise the boat is only inches narrower than the slipway and the tractor drives not only down but into the sea and along the bottom (it’s tidal and we’ve all seen the mud when the sea is at low tide).  Dom is boat crew, countless tasks to complete before the launch including an incredibly quick change into uniform, yellow boots included.  Robin is a Visitor Guide at Mudeford, a man who can tell you all about the RNLI and promote this wonderful organisation. 

They are a team and it shows.

Their lifesaving work is essential, often difficult and sometimes dangerous.  BEWI thanked our brave speakers and a donation was given to the charity.