£6,500 lifejackets for Skegness RNLI team

Crew members from the Skegness RNLI pose with their new lifejackets. The money which paid for the new equipment was raised at a black tie ball recently and two crew members wore evening suits in recognition of that link. Photo by Philip Murray.
Crew members from the Skegness RNLI pose with their new lifejackets. The money which paid for the new equipment was raised at a black tie ball recently and two crew members wore evening suits in recognition of that link. Photo by Philip Murray.

THE RNLI in Skegness have taken delivery of new state-of-the-art lifejackets worth over £6,500 thanks to the generosity of locals.

The volunteer crew unveiled their new lifesaving equipment - worth over £300 each - after raising the cash at their Lifeboat Ball in October, supported by Centrica energy.

The new lifejackets are being gradually rolled-out to RNLI stations around the UK and Republic of Ireland this year.

The Lifeboat Ball organiser, second coxswain Ray Chapman, was delighted the proceeds from the ball had been used locally, and thanked those involved.

He said: “We’re all extremely grateful for the huge amount of support the Lifeboat Ball received from Centrica Energy, local businesses and sponsors, and our guests on the night.

“It’s great to see the proceeds being used at Skegness to fund such a vital and visible part of the crew’s safety.”

Incorporating the latest material technology, the new lifejackets have been designed by the RNLI and manufacturer Crewsaver to meet the charity’s search and rescue needs.

Skegness has taken delivery of 21 lifejackets, in two new designs - one for the all-weather lifeboat Lincolnshire Poacher and one for the inshore lifeboat Peterborough Beer Festival IV. They are lighter, less bulky and more comfortable, and feature an integrated harness designed to pull the lifejacket away from the wearer’s neck.

Both designs also feature zipped pockets for casualty care kits, torches, gloves or knives, integrated pouches for personal distress flares, an emergency light and whistle, and a spray hood.

Andy Clift, RNLI Divisional Inspector, North said: “The RNLI has always tried to provide our volunteers with the very best equipment to ensure they can operate as safely and effectively as possible.

“These new lifejackets incorporate the best modern technology to help our crews carry on doing what they’ve done for two centuries – save lives at sea.”