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Angle RNLI service is tribute to courage of lifeboat crews

Lifeboats News Release

The courage of all who follow the call of the sea and launch and sail lifeboats around the coast of the British Isles and beyond was remembered at a special service at Angle RNLI on Sunday (July 30).

Angle RNLI crew members are pictured on board the Tamar class all weather lifeboat Mark Mason, inside the Boathouse, as the Rev Mike Brotherton conducts the Sea Sunday service on July 30

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Angle RNLI crew members on board the Tamar class all weather lifeboat Mark Mason; as the Rev Mike Brotherton (right) conducts the Sea Sunday service.

The Sea Sunday service was conducted from the all weather Tamar class lifeboat Mark Mason, inside the Boathouse, by the Rev Mike Brotherton, the station’s Deputy Launch Authority and retired Royal Navy Chaplain.

Those attending were welcomed by Coxswain Lewis Creese and the address was given by the Rev Brotherton, who also led the prayers and gave a reading from the John Masefield poem ‘Sea Fever’.

Particularly poignant during the service was the singing of the hymns ‘Eternal Father, Strong to Save’, and ‘Will Your Anchor Hold in the Storms of Life’ as the all weather lifeboat stood ready for her next call-out and the sea lapped against the slipway.

In his address, the Rev Brotherton spoke of the bravery of all seafarers, particularly lifeboat crew members, and recalled his own experience of violent storms, both on board a coaster in the North Sea and crossing the Atlantic in HMS Marlborough, a Type 23 Duke class frigate.

He unfurled a memento of that Atlantic storm - the warship’s weather-ravaged white ensign.

To the delight of all present, particularly the children, he also produced a mascot of the fictional cartoon character Popeye to illustrate his address.

After the service, refreshments were served in the crewroom, with its spectacular views over the Milford Haven Waterway.

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Angle RNLI's Deputy Launch Authority, the Rev Mike Brotherton, retired Royal Navy Chaplain, with the Popeye mascot used to illustrate his address at the lifeboat station's Sea Sunday service on July 30

Martin Cavaney Photography

The Rev Mike Brotherton, Angle RNLI Deputy Launch Authority, and retired Royal Navy Chaplain, with the Popeye mascot used to illustrate his address at the Sea Sunday service

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