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How Hornsea Rescue is on the crest of a wave

DEMONSTRATION: Hornsea Inshore Rescue volunteers show how to put on their kit


AS PART OF their fundraising to support Hornsea’s independent lifeboat, Hornsea Inshore Rescue offers fish and chip lunches and suppers to groups of adults or children during time when they learn about the charity.
Gazette reporter Andrea Kirk went along to one of the fish and chip suppers on Thursday, May 11, with the Weighton Wolds Rotary Club and outgoing Hornsea Mayor Lee Walton to find out more…

TRADITIONAL fish and chips by the seaside don’t normally involve a talk and a tour of a lifeboat station but Hornsea Inshore Rescue is turning the tide with its inventive fish and chips talks and tours. The idea is to raise awareness of the independently run rescue service based in Hornsea to save lives at sea. The visitors watched two short professional dvds showing the lifeboat and crew in action from their humble beginnings based in a pig shed to their purpose built building on the South Promenade.
They saw with drone footage of the Atlantic 45 lifeboat on the water, and the process from crew members being paged to assembling and launching the lifeboat and specialist jet skis.
And for the Weighton Wolds Rotary Club there was an added bonus as their visit coincided with the volunteer crew’s training night.
Volunteer crew members including a leading survival expert with Bear Grylls, a prison officer and a first aid instructor, demonstrated getting all their rescue kit on having a mini race. The rescue kits costs £1,400 each with the helmet alone costing £155 excluding the visor. The visitors watched the rescue boat taken down to the sea with the new launch tractor “Emily” and saw the launch of two jet skis, which are purpose built for rescue work and cost twice the price of a standard jet ski. The group then headed back to the inshore rescue building and enjoyed a fish and chip supper from nearby Whiteheads Fish and Chips alongside tea and coffee served in Hornsea Inshore Rescue’s finest china cups.
“We try to clarify the key point that Hornsea Inshore Rescue is an independent lifeboat and rescue team and although we can assist the RNLI we are not financially linked and consequently are completely self-funded,” Kim Pugh, a director of Hornsea Inshore Rescue told the visitors at the start of the evening.
Chairman of Hornsea Inshore Rescue and leading Coxwain, Sue Hickson-Marsay who arrived following her day job which she had started at 3.45am explained how the Hornsea Inshore Rescue boat started and talked about their firstrescue and some of their most memorable ones.
She explained the group has saved lots of lives over the years. “We assisted in the 2013 flood rescues and recently the tidal surge in January.
We hope to encourage more groups to come and learn about the independent lifeboat and enjoy fish and chips as a way of helping support the team of 21 volunteers and the lifeboat that costs between £35,000 and £40,000 a year to run with insurance costs alone being £8,000 a year,” Sue explained.
Weighton Wolds Rotary Club President Jeff confirmed they’d enjoyed an informative evening and a vote of thanks was given.
Any groups interested in visiting Hornsea Inshore Rescue can contact them through email [email protected] or by calling 01964 537340.

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