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RNLI takes sea safety message into schools

THE RNLI Dart education team has been out on the road spreading the saving lives at sea message.
Volunteers have visited all the schools in Dart­mouth, two primary schools in Totnes and primary schools in Black­awton and Stoke Fleming.
They took with them a presentation, showing pupils highlights from the Dart inshore lifeboat’s year, which included 30 call outs by the crew to assist 56 adults and children.
Pupils were shown photographs of dismasted yachts, a car at the bottom of a cliff and video footage of one of the two boat fires in the river, where the crew worked with the fire service once the lifeboat crew had established that the boat’s owners were safe.
They were also shown the first interior pictures of the new RNLI visitor centre on Dartmouth’s South Embankment, which will be a valuable educational resource when it opens in the early summer.
Lifeboat crewman and paramedic Haydn Glanvill was present at visits to the junior classes of Dartmouth Academy and St John the Baptist Primary School. Crewman Ewen Menzies spent the whole school day at Stoke Fleming Primary School getting hotter by the minute in his dry suit, lifejacket and helmet.
All the schools generously made donations to the RNLI or are planning to give to the charity.
Some schools allowed pupils able to come in ‘mufti’ and Stoke Fleming youngsters were dressed for Stage Or Screen to link with the RNLI’s SOS theme, while St John’s pupils chose a pirate theme.
The SOS events continue when the crew will be manning a liferaft in the Boatfloat between noon and 2pm on Saturday, and there will be a curry and quiz night next Thursday at Radius 7 in Stoke Fleming.

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