Weston RNLI volunteers Race from their Remembrance Service to the aid of a kite surfer

Sunday, 11 November 2018

Each year the crew at Weston RNLI attend the town Service of Remembrance for the Fallen.

The crew assembled on the morning of the Service to parade from the High Street to the War Memorial at Grove Park in Weston. They marched in the parade with all the other participants. During the Service, at six minutes past the 11 o’clock hour, their pagers sounded as they were called to a shout. This was before the RNLI wreath was laid against the War memorial.

Also called out were the Weston-super-Mare Coastguard Rescue team who were attending the Service. While the active crew was running to the lifeboat station, Richard Spindler MBE, who has 54 years of lifeboat service, took up the wreath and laid it for the team. Peter Elmont, chairman of Weston RNLI fundraisers then laid the wreath for the Coastguard who had by now left on the same shout.

The call was because a member of the public had seen a kite surfer in difficulties off Uphill Beach. The lifeboat Anna Stock was launched within minutes of the call and rushed to the scene. As it turned out the kite surfer managed to get himself safely ashore and his kite was rescued by a friend. Once they were happy there was no further risk the lifeboat returned to station.

Mike Buckland Lifeboat Operations manager at Weston station said:’ We feel it is important to attend the annual service to give thanks to those who lost their lives for our freedom. However our main aim is saving lives at sea so even during such a solemn ceremony we did our duty and launched the lifeboat. Even though the kite surfer saved himself we would always want to go and check that all is well.’