Woman thanks her RNLI heroes

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A GRATEFUL fiance, who owes her life to the bravery of the Skegness RNLI, has repaid her saviours by urging more support for the charity.

Stephanie Simpson returned to Skegness from her home in North Yorkshire to be reunited with some of her rescuers and thank them in person.

As a token of her newly discovered appreciation of the volunteer crew members she is encouraging businesses, schools, community groups and individuals to take part in the RNLI SOS day on Friday to raise funds for the RNLI to continue its life-saving duties at sea.

She said: “I couldn’t believe it when I found out the lifeboat crew were volunteers - they risked their lives for us.

“At one time I was thinking we weren’t going to get out alive and I’m sure if it wasn’t for the lifeboat crew we wouldn’t be here now.”

Stephanie and her fiance Steve were rescued by the Skegness RNLI when their boat broke down and began taking on water in choppy sea conditions while sailing from Lowestoft to Hull in October. Following the dashing intervention Stephanie has raised £200 for the charity by appealing for donated items to be sold at a car boot sale.

She is planning another fund raiser for Friday’s SOS day. The annual event is an opportunity for many of the charity’s supporters to have a bit of fun while raising much needed cash.

Many fund raisers have taken inspiration from the SOS acronym with intriguing events such as ‘Singing Our Songs’, ‘Supporting Our Scuba’ and ‘Supping Our Soup’.

Second coxswain at Skegness RNLI Ray Chapman said: “We hope as mane people as possible will get involved with the RNLI’s SOS day and help us go on saving lives at sea”

Meanwhile, the volunteer crew members responded to their first call-out of 2011 last Tuesday.

Following a police report that a vulnerable man was thought to be at risk of entering the sea near Skegness pier, inshore lifeboat Peterbrough Beer Festival IV was launched.

The man was eventually found safe onshore by police just before midnight.

l To find out more information about organising your own RNLI SOS day visit www.renli.org.uk/sos.