Redcar Lifeboat Day Interrupted by Emergency Call
Lifeboat Day in Redcar proved a huge success, despite the fundraising being interrupted by an emergency call to rescue four people trapped by the tide beneath cliffs at Saltburn.
Over £2500 had been raised by members of the lifeboat crew and the lifeboat ladies guild by mid-afternoon on Saturday 26 July 2014. But then, just after 2pm, an emergency call came from the coastguards, asking the lifeboats to launch to rescue a party of four people who had become trapped beneath Huntcliff while on a sponsored walk from Whitby to Redcar.
Dave Cocks, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Redcar said; ‘The day got off to a great start. The weather was kind to us and the shoppers and visitors to the town were extremely generous with their donations.
‘We’d brought the lifeboats in to the High Street on their launching carriages so that the public could see the boats and the equipment we use.
‘We never for one minute thought we’d be demonstrating our launching procedures in front of the shoppers!’
An RNLI lifeguard on duty at Saltburn had made his way to the trapped people, two men and two women, all from Redcar, and remained with them until the lifeboats arrived.
They were all picked up and then landed at the beach at Saltburn.
Dave Cocks added; ‘While we’d much rather have spent the rest of the afternoon fundraising, at least people can see what we do with their donations.
‘At the end of the day, the people of Redcar have donated the funds needed for the crew, all volunteers from Redcar, to go out and bring back safely four Redcar folk.
‘That’s exactly what the RNLI is about.’
Earlier in the day, a painting by local marine artist Phil Boville, depicting a rescue carried out by the Redcar lifeboat in October 2011, was unveiled in the Palace Hub Gallery on the Esplanade, Redcar.
The painting features in an exhibition of Phil’s work which runs until the end of August.