Behind the scene look at lifeboat

Eight youngsters of 'Stormforce' spend time at Newbiggin lifeboat station.
Eight youngsters of 'Stormforce' spend time at Newbiggin lifeboat station.
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A group of youngsters spent a day learning about life as a lifeboat volunteer.

Eight members of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s junior supporters club ‘Stormforce’ were invited to a special summer visit to Newbiggin lifeboat station on August 18.

The children, aged between four and eight and from the Northumberland and Tyneside area, were the special guests of the volunteers at the station.

During their visit, they gained a unique look behind the scenes into various aspects of the service and talk to the volunteers about what is required to be part of the RNLI team.

And they were able to watch the lifeboat launch into Newbiggin Bay to carry out a rescue demonstration.

After late morning refreshments, each member received a goody bag as a memento of their visit.

Robbie Collen, eight, said: “It was really exciting when they launched the lifeboat and showed us how they rescue someone in the water.”

Ivor Evans, also aged eight, added: “The lifeboat crew were really nice. I learnt lots and now want to be a lifeboat volunteer when I grow up.”

Any youngster interested in becoming a ‘Stormforce’ member should visit www.rnli.org.uk

Membership costs £7.50 a year with children receiving a pack and a quarterly magazine.