Three members of the Lifeboat Amateur Radio Society braved the elements today marshalling on the RNLI Reindeer Run which was held at Knowsley Safari Park, on the outskirts of Liverpool, and which ran through the grounds of neighbouring Knowsley Hall.
Gordon (M6CWA), Chris (M6XJP) and Derek (G7LFC) were on station at 08:00 and finished just before 11:00. Fortunately, the worst of the rain had passed by the time they arrived, but high winds continued but failed to dampen the spirits of the eight hundred competitors.
Two courses ran throughout the event, a 10Km and a shorter 5Km one. All competitors did extremely well and it is hoped that they will have raised lots of money for the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) which, traditionally, around £15,000 for the each year from the event.
Whilst the event was in progress, other members of the RNLI team were battling the elements in an altogether different environment. Earlier in the morning a cargo vessel sank in the Irish Sea in gale force winds off the nearby North Wales coast. Two lifeboats from Porthdinllaen and Pwllheli, together with four rescue helicopters from the RAF and Irish Coastguard, are currently searching the area for six crew members who have entered the water – two were winched to safety by RAF chopper earlier.
Our thoughts are with the crews of the two lifeboats at this time.