RNLI Reindeer Run through the grounds of Knowsley Hall
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.
Mayday Mayday - new ITV1 series starts on 13th September at 19:30
A new series starts on Tuesday, 13th September, at 19:30 on ITV1 and ITV1 HD.
Mayday! Mayday! brings you footage from actual rescues around the UK and Ireland by the brave crews of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).
This has to be a big DON’T MISS IT for all lifeboat enthusiasts – but don’t forget, you can always watch it on ITV Player for up to thrity days after airing if you do.
For further details please visit the ITV1 web site.
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The Stafford & Districts Amateur Radio Society invited Simon from Snowdonia Radio Company to present a talk on his range of Amateur Radio Antennas last night. Being the Vice-Chairman on the Lifeboat Amateur Radio Society, and having SOS Radio Week founder David with him on five weeks work experience, Simon invited Derek to come along too to give a short talk on the Lifeboat Amateur Radio Society and SOS Radio Week.
We’d like to thank the Stafford & Districts Amateur Radio Society for a warm welcome and taking an interest in our activities and we look forward to working with you during SOS Radio Week 2012. We’re also very grateful for the donation made which will be presented to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) in due course.
If you’d like the Lifeboat Amateur Radio Society to come and talk to your club then please contact us now.
The Lifeboat Amateur Radio Society attended the Marches Radio Society in Chirk last night to introduce the group to the activities of the Society and our annual fund-raising event, SOS Radio Week.
The evening was well attended by Marches RS members during which time they watched a video presentation and listened to both Derek (Chairman) and Simon (Vice Chairman) explain about the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, the Lifeboat Amateur Radio Society’s foundation and mission and how they can take part in SOS Radio Week as a club.
David, the founder of SOS Radio Week, was also in attendance and answered some questions from the floor.
We’d like to thank Marches Radio Society for their hospitality, the new members for joining on the evening and the very generous donations made by the members, all of which will go direct to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.
The RNLI Cross Bay Walk, also known as the Morecambe Bay Walk, took place on the 25th June.
The Lifeboat Amateur Radio Society established a special event station at Holker Hall, the finishing point for the walk, under the callsign GB5RNLI. However, we also, rather fiendishly, thought it would be a good idea to send Chris (M6XJP), our Treasurer, on the walk as our roving reporter. He and his wife bravely tackled the event and here is his story (also have a look at his image gallery) – thanks Chris (and Mrs Chris)… read more