Cash boost for rescue boat pagers

Runswick Bay Rescue Boat crew members are presented their cheque by the duty officer at HM Coastguard, Humber, on Wednesday''  submitted photo
Runswick Bay Rescue Boat crew members are presented their cheque by the duty officer at HM Coastguard, Humber, on Wednesday'' submitted photo

RUNSWICK Bay Rescue Boat (RBRB) is embracing modern technology after being handed a grant worth £7,500 for a vital new pager system.

It means the crew can now be raised via the emergency service VHF channel zero rather than using mobile phones to contact each other which was unsuitable because of poor reception in the area.

Up until 2008, RBRB had been raised by the firing of a maroon flare but this had to be stopped because it was deemed unsafe and banned by the bigger lifeboats too.

The pagers are already widely used by RNLI and Coastguard stations but are too expensive to be implemented for the smaller independent teams like the one at Runswick Bay.

But RBRB was successful in proving to the Big Lottery the money would make a real improvement to the communities and lives of people most in need.

Tom Bottomley said: “We had to show the project would benefit the local community by providing access to training and increased skills for local people.”

Robbie Stewart added: “Our crew come not only from the village itself but throughout the local area.

“These will help existing crew and new recruits to give their time while retaining flexibility when on call.