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Daily’s supplement marks 25th anniversary of lifeboat charity

A regional daily has put together a 16-page supplement to celebrate the 25th anniversary of a local lifeboat charity.

The Hull Daily Mail created the pull-out for the milestone birthday of the Humber Rescue service.

Chief reporter Kevin Shoesmith put together the supplement, looking back at the work of the independent charity over the years, and also went out with the crew on a few callouts, carrying a pager round with him for two weeks to be notified of incidents.

The Mail played a role in the launch of the lifeboat service 25 years ago, helping with a fundraising campaign for the first boat, and has supported it since then.

Humber Rescue

Humber Rescue is an independent rescue charity with 17 volunteers and it has saved 178 lives since it was founded.

Kevin told HTFP that he went out on a callout with the crew when a man threatened to jump off the Humber Bridge.

He had just got back from work in the evening when he was notified of the callout and quickly got to the boathouse, which is near his home.

Kevin then went out with the crew on the water and saw the man who had climbed over the railings and was clinging to the bridge but when he saw the crew, he climbed back to safety.

Said Kevin: “It was quite a fascinating insight. We have had a long involvement with this charity. 25 years ago, we were asked by a group of people if we would come on board the fundraising campaign.

“We helped raise enough cash for them to launch their first boat.

“It is local papers at their best, in supporting a local good cause 25 years ago. We have carried on supporting the charity.”

“I carried a pager for two weeks. It gave me a real flavour of life as a volunteer and I felt the adrenalin rush and frustration of rushing to a ‘shout’ and a real sense of satisfaction afterwards.”

The Mail’s supplement included archive material such as photos of some dramatic rescues over the last 25 years.

One of these was when a hot air balloon crash-landed on the banks of the river, leaving one person dead and 12 injured.