RNLI crew celebrate 200 years

Humber lifeboat station, home of the RNLI‘s only full time paid lifeboat crew, is celebrating its 200th anniversary. A service of thanksgiving for the station will be held on Sunday 25 April at Holy Trinity Church in Hull.

Permanent crew have served the Humber lifeboat throughout its history because of the station’s remote location at Spurn Point at the entrance to the Humber estuary. Pride of the Humber, the station’s current 17m Severn class offshore lifeboat, is served by a crew of seven men who live with their families in RNLI houses alongside the station.

While on duty the crew are not allowed to leave the station area, and each crewmember does five days on duty and one day off, plus one weekend off in seven. Ten relief crew members can be called upon to relieve the permanent crew members at the station if required.

Picture credit: Steve Collins