Crews and supporters at RNLI lifeboat stations throughout Britain and Ireland observed a one minute silence at 1220 hours on Sept 3 during the ceremony to dedicate a memorial to lifeboat crews who had died while helping others at sea.
The RNLI Memorial, which lists the names of 778 people, was unveiled by the Duke of Kent at the charity’s headquarters at Poole, Dorset.
The RNLI chairman Admiral Lord Boyce said: “The memorial, inscribed with the family motto of the RNLI’s founder, Sir William Hillary, ‘With courage, nothing is impossible’, provides an enduring focus which will ensure that the sacrifices of our lifesavers will not be forgotten.
“It also reminds us of the seas that surround our islands and our volunteer lifeboat crews who will always be there when they are called upon.”
The memorial, designed by Sam Holland, is more than 4.5m high and depicts a person in a boat saving another from the water. The sculpture is on a dark plinth and flat bands of stainless steel provide the effect of waves, and on which the names of people who have lost their lives are engraved.
More on this and other news in Sea Breezes Magazine - November 2009 Issue