RNLI team ‘touched’by anony­mous thank you

Western Daily Press - - News - JOE GAMMIE news@west­erndai­ly­press.co.uk

AN anony­mous thank you let­ter has melted the hearts of the “truly won­der­ful” vol­un­teers who put their lives on the line to save peo­ple at sea.

The hand­writ­ten mis­sive was found by vol­un­teers at the Royal Na­tional Lifeboat In­sti­tu­tion sta­tion at Lyme Regis in Dorset last month.

The un­named sender, who signs the let­ter sim­ply as “me”, said they were lucky enough to have never needed sav­ing, but praised the work of the char­ity and its vol­un­teers.

They added: “I love the sea, but I am not some­one who is risky/brave/ ad­ven­tur­ous so I am usu­ally firmly po­si­tioned on the beach. Say­ing that, I know the peo­ple you save are not al­ways risky, ad­ven­tur­ous etc. Some peo­ple are re­ally un­lucky and find them­selves in dan­ger­ous sit­u­a­tions!

“Then there is you peo­ple, TRULY WON­DER­FUL BRAVE peo­ple who risk their lives to save oth­ers.

“You give your time to be there when oth­ers need. The sea is such a chal­lenge at times and should be treated with cau­tion – yet when oth­ers run away you run to­wards dan­ger.

“You go above and beyond every day. So this let­ter is to say ‘thank you’, we do ap­pre­ci­ate you, we know the sac­ri­fice you VOL­UN­TEERS make. We are proud of you.”

The let­ter was warmly re­ceived by the team and the char­ity, which posted it on Twit­ter and said: “Re­ceiv­ing lovely words like this mean a great deal to us – we are so lucky to have such amaz­ing sup­port­ers.”

Lyme Regis vol­un­teer press of­fi­cer Seb Cope said the note ap­peared at the sta­tion one day.

The 35-year-old said the team re­ceived about a dozen let­ters a year from lo­cals or chil­dren and com­mu­nity groups that vis­ited, although not many anony­mous ones.

Mr Cope added: “Ev­ery­one was quite touched that some­one had taken the time to write the let­ter.

“We’d say thank you very much for the let­ter, it’s a very kind thing to do and we’re very ap­pre­cia­tive of the kind thoughts.

“It’s nice to see that they’re a fan of sav­ing lives at sea.”

The vol­un­teer team has had 37 call­outs this year, rang­ing from res­cu­ing peo­ple cut off by the tide to help­ing sailors with engine fail­ure or who have cap­sized.

The RNLI pro­vides 24-hour search and res­cue ser­vices across the United King­dom and Ire­land from 238 lifeboat sta­tions.

The let­ter sent to theRNLI in Lyme Regis

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