Three of us were recently treated to a fascinating tour around the RNLI Ilfracombe lifeboat station and given RNLI resources for our guests.
We have had a lifeboat station in Ilfracombe since 1828 and are very lucky to have such willing volunteers to help protect us when out at sea.
The Royal National Lifeboat Association (RNLI) is funded entirely by charity and is such a valuable charity for those of us living on the coastline in rescuing both locals and guests alike that have encountered problems either on the coast path or in the sea.
We discussed how to call out the lifeboats (call 999 and ask for the Coast Guard service) and all the different volunteering roles within the organisation.
It takes between 12-15 minutes for these volunteers to go from being paged to being at sea and the crew here ranges from 18-62 years of age.
The volunteer that showed us around explained about the different lifeboats at Ilfracombe and the other stations further around our North Devon coast.
We stood on the larger lifeboat, a Shannon all weather, self-righting lifeboat named ‘The Barry and Peggy High Foundation’ which is worth an eye watering amount of money and saw the tractor that launches the boat into the water.
This Shannon is the ninth one if it’s kind to be made, with a top speed of 25 knots and a range of 250 nautical miles. This boat has two 650 horsepower Scania engines and weighs 18 Tonnes. Each engine has its own 1,370 litre fuel tank. The Shannon was attached to it’s launch tractor, ocean ready, but fortunately no call out whilst we were aboard.
Such a brilliant Charity, keeping us all safe along our beautiful coastline and at sea. Should you wish to see some activity, why not take a look for yourselves when in Ilfracombe. Training takes place on a Thursday evening and information on their “shouts” is available on their Facebook and Instagram Pages “RNLI Ilfracombe”.
Following this, in true market research fashion we felt we should also try out one of the local coffee shops, so special shout out to “Stacc (@staccbakes ) for the delicious pastries that they served alongside our teas and coffee – very recommended should you be in Ilfracombe on your holiday.
Blog written by Georgina