£1,296 RNLI boost after dramatic rescue

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The Mablethorpe, Skegness and Cleethorpes RNLI teams received a welcome cash boost recently after a Wolds man embarked on an epic European challenge to raise funds for the charity that rescued him.

In September last year, during the last leg of a sailing trip from France, a yacht carrying Geoff Pearce from the Wolds suffered engine failure after it was becalmed 10 miles off the Suffolk coast.

The yacht was 30 miles from port and, with potential disaster looming as a force eight gale headed their way, the crew had to call the Coastguard for assistance.

After desperate efforts to try to re-start the engine, the Aldeburgh lifeboat arrived.

She towed the yacht halfway towards its home berth where the Lowestoft lifeboat joined the rescue and the yacht’s crew were able to observe the most impressive and delicate manoeuvere as the two boats exchanged their charge.

The dramatic retrieval and transfer to safety by the lifeboat service inspired Geoff to cycle from Lincoln to Luxembourg in just three days to raise vital funds for his home county’s stations - and he raked in an impressive £1,296.

Geoff, accompanied by his wife, Donna, presented the funds (to which Gift Aid will be added) at Skegness Lifeboat Station.

It will be shared between the Skegness, Cleethorpes and Mablethorpe lifeboats.

The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea.

All the lifeboat crew and shore helpers at Mablethorpe are voluntary and are on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

It receives no government funding and relies on voluntary donations, legacies and fundraising.

Mablethorpe’s two lifeboats are The Atlantic 75 Joan Mary and the D Class William Hadley.

A​s a charity the RNLI depend on people to help them meet the cost of saving lives at sea.

OThe volunteer lifeboat crew members give their time for free, but they need training, well-maintained equipment, lifeboats and shore facilities. Giving the lifesavers everything they need and deserve – from boots to boats – is costly.

Each year it costs over £140M to run the lifesaving service. For every £1 donated, 85p goes to the rescue service, and 15p is reinvested to generate more funds.