There are two lifeboats in the marina at the moment. One was built in 1957 and is now retired; a 52 foot Barnett class, restored beautifully. The other is one of the new
lifeboats, here for maintenance.
The Royal National Lifeboat Institute has been saving lives at sea around the British coast and beyond since 1824. 24 hours a day, 365 days (or 366) a year. That is a lot of lives. Mainly the boats are manned by volunteers and the whole organisation is a charity relying on donations to keep it going.
Every day around the coast it provides a safety blanket for sailors, swimmers, walkers and others who enjoy or work, on or near the water. In addition it helps those affected by floods or who unintentionally find themselves engulfed by the power of nature. We are very fortunate in this country to have this free emergency service, there are many others around the world who do not.