VOLUNTEERS have received new state-of-the-art lifejackets following a fundraising appeal.
Hartlepool’s RNLI volunteers have been given new lifejackets after an appeal was launched that saw members of the public and companies donate thousands of pounds.
All RNLI lifeboat stations in the North will receive the new lifejackets as part of the RNLI’s continuing quest to improve equipment.
Mike Craddy, RNLI operations manager for Hartlepool said: “Lifejackets are essential pieces of kit for all our volunteers and the new design will definitely make a difference to our safety and comfort. There are two designs of lifejacket, one to be worn on all-weather lifeboats and the other on inshore lifeboats.
“Both provide a comfortable, secure fit, leading to increased efficiency and effectiveness in lifesaving.”
Mr Craddy added: “The RNLI is grateful to the public, schools and businesses that contributed to the RNLI’s appeal.
“The RNLI is totally reliant on donations which help to equip and train our volunteer crews to help save lives at sea.” Andy Clift, RNLI inspector for the north, said: “These new lifejackets incorporate the best modern technology available to help our volunteer crews carry on doing what they have done for the past two centuries – save lives at sea.
“However, they can only do that thanks to the support of the public, and I would like to thank all those who have already helped us fund the new lifejackets, or who are planning fundraising activity this year to help us provide these vital pieces of kit for our volunteer crews.”
● Pupils boost RNLI: Page 18 and 27.