Children learn about life on Newhaven Lifeboat

MORE than 30 young lifeboat enthusiasts from across Sussex spent a day in the company of volunteer RNLI lifeboat crew members in Newhaven on Saturday July 16.

They were taking part in the RNLI Storm Force day where they learned how to tie knots, saw a first aid demonstration and took a tour of the lifeboat.

The children, who were all aged between five and 12, were members of Storm Force, the RNLI club for young people.

In total, 35 children took part, coming from Brighton, Hove, Worthing, Lewes, Haywards Heath, Burgess Hill, Crawley, Horsham, Eastbourne, and Seaford.

As well as meeting crew and hearing first hand about some of their most dramatic rescues, the children practised tying the most popular knots used by the RNLI, dressed up in RNLI crew kit, including heavy boots and life jackets, took part in a lifeboat station quiz and saw the inside of the station’s Severn Class Lifeboat and took part in a first aid master class.

RNLI youth education manager Tatti McNally said: “‘By being part of the club children get all the usual things you would expect.

“But the Storm Force day goes one better and actually brings children to an actual lifeboat station, because nothing compares to getting up close and personal with a station, stepping aboard the lifeboat, meeting the brave crew men and women etc.”

Every child received a special certificate and a goody bag.