Busy bank holiday for RNLI volunteers
7:14am Thursday 8th May 2014 in News
RNLI lifeguards and Sea Safety Officers took time this Bank Holiday to share safety tips for anyone visiting Barry with children.
Every year on Barry Island, thousands of children are reported missing, so volunteers were on hand to give out wristbands for children that have a contact number for their parents and the zone of the beach that they can be found on.
The wristbands are available throughout the summer season from the RNLI lifeguards on the beach or promenade.
Fundraiser Tania Carter said: "We spoke to hundreds of people who were pleased to use the wristbands that we gave them.
"We hope that by raising awareness of this important issue we can help prevent incidents on the beach this summer."
Also this week volunteer crewman Craig Pedersen qualified as mechanic this week and is now able to take charge of maintaining the lifeboat during emergency call outs and making sure that the boat is able to get to whoever needs rescuing safely.
Craig's colleagues David "Digger" Brookes and Marg Gibson were also successful in training this week as they passed a boat handling course that forms part of their training to be future coxswains.
All crew have continuous training so that they are able to cope with whatever situation they are called out to deal with. Training is made possible thanks to donations made by the public whose support helps the charity save lives at sea.
The lifeboat was called out at 1.20am on Sunday, May 4 to a despondent woman. She was found safe and the crew returned to the station within 15 minutes of launching.