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Cubs @ Oxclose: Lifeboat Visit

posted 9 Feb 2010, 16:18 by Stephen Harrison   [ updated 21 Aug 2013, 15:07 ]
This Tuesday Cubs visited Sunderland lifeboat station to find out about the vital  and sometimes dangerous work which the volunteers of the Royal National Lifeboat Institute do in saving lives out at sea.

Sometimes its the leaders who can't behave themselves - as our guide explained what the flares were to the cubs he very firmly told them not to touch. Just then he looked round to see Craig closely inspecting a flare attached to another jacket - at which point Craig's face went as bright as the flare he had been touching. Cubs got to try on the lifeboatmen's equipment including the huggybear suit which keeps them warm in the freezing sea and the helmets to protect them when they are boarding a boat in the rough sea.

After the tour of the locker room, our guide explained how the boat was launched using a crane from the marina wall and then the cubs got to sit in the "B Class" Atlantic 75 inshore lifeboat. The lifeboat man explained how the boat self rights if it capsizes and showed cubs how the GPS and the radios worked.

Many thanks to Sunderland lifeboat station for showing us around.