Seahouses RNLI Lifeboat Station
Seahouses RNLI Lifeboat Station, Seafield Road, Seahouses, Northumberland NE68 7SH. Tel: 01665 720370
Launch Report 003 & 004/2014
LIFEBOATS CALLED OUT AS DUKE OF KENT ARRIVED FOR STATION VISIT
At 10.54hr Wednesday 7th May 2014, just as the Duke of Kent arrived on a visit to Seahouses Lifeboat Station, as part of a visit to stations in north Northumberland, the crew pagers went off as Humber Coastguard requested both Lifeboats to launch to search for a missing Kite Surfer off Beadnell, 2 miles south of Seahouses.
The Duke was able to see at first hand, the Mersey Class Lifeboat "Grace Darling" and Inshore D Class Lifeboat "Peter Downes" being rapidly taken to the launching slip by the volunteer crew who had assembled in minutes to the pager alert. At the slipway as the boats were turning to enter the water, Humber Coastguard cancelled the launch, as the Kite Surfer had been found safely ashore, and was being checked out by local shore based Coastguard Officers from Seahouses.
Both Lifeboats returned to station and the Duke was able to meet and chat with the crew and the station Souvenir Shop Volunteer. He then went aboard the Mersey Class Lifeboat with the Coxswain/Mechanic John Hanvey, who gave him a guided tour. RNLI Operations Director George Rawlinson was also present, with other officials.
Lifeboat Operations Manager Ian Clayton added, " I think some thought we had stage managed the call out, but it could not have been better timed for the benefit of our royal visitor ! Thankfully the Kite Surfer was safe, and the Duke was able to see the station and crew in action."