A TEAM of South Tyneside sea cadets paid a visit to a life-saving operation on the North-East coast.
Twenty-two sea cadets and officers from the TS Kelly Sea Cadets at Hebburn were welcomed to Hartlepool by the town’s Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) team.
They were shown around the lifeboat, Betty Huntbatch, as well as the inshore craft and station in a bid to help them understand how the vital services operate to save lives at sea.
The group were then taken on board the HMS Trincomalee – the oldest floating warship – where they learned about life in the Royal Navy 200 years ago.
They also visited Coastwatch, at the marina, where they were shown the equipment and radar used to ensure other emergency services are ready to act should an incident occur.
Stan Wears, who lives in Hartlepool and is a committee member of the town’s RNLI Enterprise branch, organised the days for the cadets.
Hebburn-born Stan said: “The Tyne doesn’t offer the chance to see maritime history and sea safety like Hartlepool, and thanks to the connections I have in all three areas here, it was a pleasure to organise.
“My thanks go to our RNLI operations manager Mike Craddy, general manager of the HMS Trincomalee Dave McKnight, and Coastwatch officer Bill Wilson, who gave their time to the cadets and officers a day to remember.”
WELCOME ABOARD ... sea cadets from TS Kelly on the deck of HMS Trincomalee.