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sea rescue services jointly hold Storm Force Day
than 50 children got to see the work of Burnham-On-Sea's lifeboat,
hovercraft and coastguard up close on Saturday October 8th during
a special awareness-raising day.
'Storm Force Day' involved seven seperate groups of children who
had come from as far afield as Taunton and Bristol being given
tours of each of the life-saving organisations, where they met
the crews, learnt about their roles and heard about their latest
by Tony Dheal, Burnham-On-Sea RNLI's education officer, he said
the day had been a "resounding success" and hinted that
it could become an annual event for Burnham.
children were able to step onboard the lifeboats and hovercraft,
and heard about the Coastguard's life-saving cliff rescue equipment.
peak of the day came at 1pm when the visitors were able to watch
both of the lifeboats simultaneously launch from the beach.
Regional Education and Visits Officer for the South/West, Dave
Cooling, said: "We were delighted that fifty-seven of our
Storm Force members were able to enjoy an exciting morning at
the station thanks to the hospitality of all the volunteers at
Burnham-On-Sea (RNLI, Coastguard and Hovercraft)."
Force is the name of the RNLI club for children, which helps to
promote sea-safety awareness amongst the young.
RNLI regularly hold 'Storm Force' events on nominated days at
suitable lifeboat stations, and Saturday October 8th was the day
chosen for the Burnham station this year.
sale of lifeboat merchandise, along with seperate collections,
also helped to raise more than £580 towards RNLI funds.
RNLI Supporters Group co-ordinator Jendy Weekes, after looking
at her depleted stocks of souvenirs asked: "Can we hold a
Storm Force event every couple of months please?"
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