From pirates and smugglers to surfers and sailors, the fact that Cornwall is practically surrounded by water is key to both the identity of the place and the people that live here.
Each year with so many locals and visitors heading to the beaches and coastline and entering Cornwall’s waters, their protection and safety have always been important and is marked by the county’s number of lifeboat stations and staff.
The crews come from all walks of life but they share one important thing, they are never far away and they are always on hand to drop everything and rescue lives.
Home to 12 lifeboat stations, Cornwall’s at-sea rescue services are second-to-none and the largest fleet in any county in the UK.
What better way to enjoy an interesting day out than to take a glimpse into the operations of the servicemen and women whose role is to guard and rescue than by visiting a lifeboat station?
So a couple of weeks ago on a gorgeous autumn morning we headed over to Falmouth. Chris Spink greeted us and gave us a brilliant tour around the station. There are two lifeboats, the smaller in-shore stored inside the station and the amazing all-weather lifeboat which is moored alongside the station's pontoon, alowing 24 hour access at any state of the tide. The highlight was wandering around the all-weather lifeboat, it really was a treat! Here's Liz at the helm.
This whole tour was so interesting and it just highlighted the dangers and difficulties that these brave men and women of the RNLI do everyday and mostly voluntarily. The RNLI is funded totally from public donations.
So info for a day out on your next visit to Callestock -
Falmouth Lifeboat Station is situated on Tinners Walk just along from Discovery Quay, visitors can relish a guided tour of the boathouse and lifeboat itself, before perusing its extensively stocked gift shop. Meander ten minutes along the harbour for the National Maritime Museum and complete your coastal-themed day out with a local boat tour or spot of sea fishing.