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Charity - The RNLI

The RNLI is honoured to be the official charity of the Falmouth International Sea Shanty
Festival for the 14th year, a relationship which has seen over £60,000 raised since 2004
for the charity that saves lives at sea.

The Festival continues to grow in numbers and success each year, thanks to the
commitment of the organisers and sponsors Skinners Brewery and Seasalt, as well as
the tremendous talent from all over the world who return to Falmouth each year and
help bring the community together in such a wonderful celebration of food, drink and
song.

2017 will see the volunteers at Falmouth lifeboat station celebrate their 150th
anniversary. On the Saturday of the Festival (17 June) the station will host an Open Day,
inviting members of the public into the station, to look around the lifeboats, meet the
volunteers and learn about what it takes to be a volunteer crew member in 2017. We
look forward to seeing as many of you at the station between 10am and 4pm.

Since 1897, the volunteer RNLI lifeboat crew at Falmouth have launched 2,499 times,
rescuing 1,709 people and saving 440 lives. In 2016 alone Falmouth launched 86
times to those in trouble at sea, rescuing 79 people including saving three lives. As
the largest in Cornwall, the busy working port sees lots of activity and the incidents
the volunteers were called to ranged from evacuating injured fishing crew to rescuing
capsized kayakers. The money raised during the festival will go to the Falmouth RNLI
appeal which was launched in March with the aim of raising £100,000 towards the total
cost of alterations and upgrades needed to ensure the station is ready to receive the
new, faster and bigger Atlantic 85 lifeboat in two years’ time.

And so here’s to the 2017 Falmouth Sea Shanty Festival and another successful year for
everyone involved. We hope you have a fantastic time.

The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea. It provides a 24 hour lifeboat search
and rescue service 100 nautical miles out from the coast of the United Kingdom and
Republic of Ireland and a seasonal lifeguard service on over 200 of the UK’s busiest
beaches. The RNLI also has a flood rescue team, with RNLI volunteer teams on standby
to help deal with inland flooding both in the UK and abroad.

Amy Caldwell, RNLI Public Relations Manager (South)

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