RNLI volunteers were forced to give up their fish and chips dinner for an emergency launch after a person in the water was reported.
Supporters of the RNLI in Littlehampton were able to buy a meal at a fish dinner at the lifeboat station while the charity’s volunteer crews described the lifeboats, their duties and how the RNLI saves lives at sea.
However, as the crews finished their meals, the team was called into action after receiving a call to launch to help someone in the water.
The crowd clapped and cheered as the volunteers left the crew room and ran to the lifeboat.
Speeding out of port, the team encountered a heavy swell with windy conditions.
On the way, they received word that they were no longer needed and were dropped off.
Nick White, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Littlehampton Lifeboat Station and Deputy Launching Authority for Friday night’s launch, said: “We were delighted to welcome so many members of the public to our station which allows us to showcase the work of our charity’s volunteers showcase.
“Our crews are available 24/7 and the call that evening gave viewers a perfect example of how we do an emergency launch.
“The RNLI fundraising office in Littlehampton is an integral part of the station because without the financial support they bring to the organization through the shop and events like the Fish Supper Night, the RNLI simply would not exist.
“The dedicated time and energy of our volunteers and the generosity of the public help us save lives at sea – we thank everyone for their support.”
The RNLI operates 238 lifeboat stations across the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the country.
Since the charity’s founding in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved more than 142,700 lives.
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/23036087.littlehampton-rnli-crews-abandon-dinner-emergency-launch/?ref=rss Littlehampton RNLI crews call off dinner for emergency start