The Freemasons donated 33 Android ‘Fire’ tablets, which will be distributed amongst the eight RNLI lifeboat stations across Sussex.
The 33 tablets, together with the 12 supplied last month to the two RNLI stations in Eastbourne, are for the use of the crews at the RNLI lifeboat stations at Rye Harbour, Hastings, Eastbourne, Newhaven, Brighton, Shoreham, Littlehampton and Selsey.
They will assist crew members to undertake online training remotely and to practice their core skills.
Lewis Arnold, Coxswain/Mechanic of the Newhaven based all-weather Severn class lifeboat, whose crews have been awarded 19 medals for gallantry, said: “On behalf of all the lifeboat stations within Sussex I would like to say ‘thank you’ to Sussex Freemasons.
“Covid cancelled all our physical training sessions. The donation of the 33 tablets allows us to keep training online, running rescue scenarios based on historic calls that we have attended and keeping our core skills at a high level ensuring that we are as ready as possible to keep saving lives at sea.”
Sussex Masonic Charitable Foundation Chairman Michael Harris said: ‘As Sussex Freemasons we are proud to be able to support the work of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution at each of the eight lifeboat stations along the beautiful Sussex coast.
“It’s so important that crew members can stay connected and practice the vital skills that preserve lives at sea. We hope that these tablets will play a part in assisting them in their selfless work.”
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