24 hours in a liferaft
Mon, 30 November 2015
Twelve brave volunteers from Maersk Training in Newcastle, UK took part in a gruellingly physical and mental challenge by spending 24 hours at sea in a small life raft.
The participants raised a combined total of £2,000 for the UK’s Royal National Lifeboat Institution, which will go towards vital crew training and equipment for the lifeboat volunteers.
The life raft was anchored just off Tynemouth, Longsands, next to the Lifeguard Station. Equipped with only the standard provisions that would be found aboard, they stayed within the raft for the full 24 hours.
Tony Greener, Maritime Business Development Manager at Maersk Training who took part in the Life Raft Challenge, said: “The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea, providing an on call a 24-hour lifeboat search and rescue service around the UK and Ireland, and a seasonal lifeguard service. Taking part in fundraising, such as the Life Raft Challenge, means that the lifeboat crews can continue to reunite the 22 people they rescue each day with their families”.
David Stenhouse, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Tynemouth RNLI, added: “Support from maritime companies like Maersk Training is very much appreciated. Two of the volunteers who took part in the challenge are actually serving lifeboat crew members here, so they will see, first hand, the benefit of all funds raised.”