The Sea Ranger Crew received a visit from Southend RNLI on Monday 11th November, read the article that the RNLI made on their visit to The Den.
The Lifeboats had been booked to visit our good friends at SRS Solebay for quite sometime now. The visit was not only to thank the members of the group who formed the Guard of Honour for HRH The Duke of Kent, but also for serving refreshments throughout the afternoon on our big Inshore Boathouse Opening Ceremony. The Rangers were fabulous and it really was the least we could do. Except there wasn’t enough tide to get up the creek with both Lifeboats! So a Lifeboat crew where gathered and a presentation made at their Headquarters in Old Leigh. Our crew demonstrated the personal protection equipment we use and some very probing questions were fielded. Our crew were truly kept on their feet with such a well informed audience listening to every word.
The young ladies were certainly not phased by the pager technology we use – as our crewman Adam found out at 1:30 in the morning! His pager had been passed around the group and came back armed!! Just as well he needs the practice jumping out of bed.
The presentation ended with Group Skipper Karen Cruiks handing a cheque over to our Hovercraft Pilot Mike for the RNLI for £150 raised by selling cakes no less!
Thank you all very much for this and we hope (tide allowing!) that it is not too long before we can give you all a closer look at our Lifeboats.