As a seafaring city, Liverpool has a proud nautical tradition. From the Pier Head to all over the UK and beyond, many sailors have rode the waves. However the coastal waters are also dangerous, to the unprepared and unwary. This is why the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) since 1824, has been the saviour of thousands.
At last week’s Weightmans Wednesday, I listened to a talk given by Tony Clare from the RNLI, about the charity’s work. Drawing on his 40 years experience as a RNLI volunteer in New Brighton, Tony delivered an interesting insight into how the organisation originated, how volunteers put their lives at risk to save others, the importance of preparation, and how the RNLI has evolved over the years. I also appreciated how Tony included touches of humour, throughout the talk.
In addition, I also learned about how the RNLI also works with communities. These include educating diverse groups and local authorities, on water safety at beaches, in addition to advising boat owners on correct life jacket usage and maintenance. Therefore whilst I was aware of the RNLI’s dedicated work in rescuing people at sea, I had no idea about their proactive community work, to raise awareness and prevent fatalities.
To conclude, I found the evening to be a stimulating occasion, and I would like to thank Tony, for sharing his stories, and for being an excellent raconteur too!