Appeal for lifeboat help

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They are the life-savers who respond to call outs from people stricken at sea – but now Blackpool RNLI is calling for help itself.

The resort’s RNLI lifeboat station needs new volunteers as the busy summer months loom.

Blackpool RNLI volunteer Janine Sharrat

Blackpool RNLI volunteer Janine Sharrat

The station relies on large teams of volunteers to keep both the life-saving and fund-raising sides of the organisation running.

Both the station and boats are manned almost exclusively by volunteers.

However, there has been a decline in volunteers coming forward over the last few years.

Now organisers are calling on Fylde coast residents to help them continue to provide such a vital life-saving service.

Blackpool RNLI volunteer lifeboat operations manager, Keith Horrocks said: “Our RNLI lifeboat station is looking for new volunteers to join the station team.

“The RNLI is a wonderful organisation to volunteer for. I’ve been volunteering at Blackpool for more than 40 years no.

“I’ve made some wonderful friends and learned a huge amount during that time.

“If anyone feels they have skills or time to offer we would love to hear from them.”

Blackpool has three lifeboats and launched 94 times last year.

Donations from the public are vital to keep the lifeboats running.

A RNLI spokesman said: “Volunteering offers members of the public an opportunity to gain new experience and skills.

“Volunteers fulfil a wide variety of roles, including sea-going lifeboat crew members, launch and recovery vehicle drivers, press officers, shop staff, education officers and fund-raisers.

“New volunteers are always welcome in all areas and previous experience is not necessary.

“RNLI volunteers come from all walks of life and 
many have never been to sea at all before joining the RNLI team.”

Anyone wishing to volunteer can contact the RNLI at RNLI Blackpool Lifeboat Station, Central Promenade. Blackpool. FY1 5JA.

Alternatively email at blackpool@rnli.org.uk