When: Friday 9 October, 11am
Where: Seatown RNLI lifeboat station, Seatown Harbour, Seatown, SA12 A22
Opportunity: Interview, film and photograph the James family as they thank Seatown RNLI lifeboat crew for rescuing them from their stricken yacht on Monday night
Contact: To attend or for more information contact Paul Smith, Seatown RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 01756 454545 or 07968 613567 or at email@example.com
Two young girls will return to Seatown RNLI lifeboat station with their parents on Friday to say a big thank you to the volunteer lifeboat crew who saved their lives on Monday night.
Jess and Jane Wright, aged nine and seven, were on board their family yacht Sweet Dreams with their parents Tom and Angela when the vessel’s rudder broke in force eight winds, leaving them in danger of being swept onto rocks at Brigham Point.
The family, from Sheffield, was rescued by Seatown RNLI lifeboat crew and now want to thank the volunteers for saving their lives.
They will present the lifeboat crew with a cheque for £1,000 along with cards and a chocolate cake made by the two girls.
Dad Tom said: ‘I had really started to think we might not survive when we saw the lifeboat steaming towards us through the waves. I’d tried not to show Jess and Jane how worried I was but they knew we were in danger and were very frightened. ‘
As soon as the first lifeboatman came on board though, he reassured us all and we instantly felt safer. They saved our lives, and our yacht too, and we couldn’t be more grateful. I’ve always taken the RNLI for granted but now we know what amazing people the volunteer lifeboatmen and women are, we’re going to do all we can to raise money and continue our support for this incredible charity.’
As well as an initial £1,000 donation, the family have vowed to encourage friends, family and work mates to raise money for the RNLI.
Seatown RNLI Coxswain Jim Smith said the crew were all looking forward to meeting the family again. He added: ‘RNLI volunteer crews don’t join up for glory or even thanks, but there is nothing more gratifying than knowing you have helped save someone’s life. As a charity, the RNLI depends on the generosity of the public and it is great to hear that the Wright family are planning to raise money for us. The £1,000 they have already pledged will provide training for one of our crew next year.’
RNLI media contacts
Paul Smith, Seatown RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 01756 454545 or 07968 613567 or at firstname.lastname@example.org