Hessle's Humber Rescue boat crew get suited and booted
RESCUE boat crew members are delighted after getting new protective suits.
The team at Humber Rescue, based on Hessle Foreshore, have been issued with four new suits and yellow boots, which will be essential for the life-savers.
Dave Roberts, coxswain of one of the Humber Rescue crafts, said: "We would like to offer sincere thanks for the benevolent donation, for which our crew members are so grateful.
"They attend a hugely diverse range of emergencies and strive to improve our equipment and procedures.
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"Provision of the suits certainly add another string to our bow regarding crew safety, which is an essential element for any lifesaving service."
An appeal organised by the Mail and Radio Humberside helped raise sufficient funds to purchase a boat, trailer and launching vehicle for Humber Rescue to be launched in April 1990.
The first rescue was carried out two days after the boat was delivered. Since then the team has attended an estimated 1,500 call-outs.
The suits, which cost £1,000 each, have been supplied by Ray McKee Technical Diving and the funding has come from the Wilberforce Lodge of the Freemasons' Grand Charity.
Mr Roberts said: "As the organisation is an independent charity, it is wholly dependent on such generous donations to keep the rescue boats responding to emergencies."
Mr McKee said: "Our suits will provide the Humber Rescue crews with the best possible protection while working in what are often treacherous conditions out on the local rivers."