Monty Hall's daring bid to mark epic RNLI rescue
TV presenter Monty Hall and fishermen’s daughter Rachel Cole are to take on an epic challenge in memory of the RNLI’s most legendary rescues.
The duo, who are both volunteers for the RNLI in Dartmouth, will row 70 miles from their home port around the Eddystone Lighthouse and back.
The date for their expedition - September 7 - will mark the 175th anniversary of the audacious bid to rescue the passenger of the SS Forfarshire, which hit rocks during a ferocious storm off Northumberland.
The keeper of a nearby lighthouse, William Darling and his 23-year-old daughter Grace, attempted the lone rescue of the passengers with Grace famously holding the boat steady in the storm while her father loaded the survivors on board.
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The row to be under taken from Dartmouth next month has never been attempted by a two person crew, and is expected to take a gruelling 48 hours.
Miss Cole, who works for Mr Hall, said she was used to his ambitious ideas.
“Monty said to me ‘I have a proposition for you.
“I’m always a bit worried when he says things like that, but he does come up with some fantastic ideas so I said ‘let’s hear it then.
“When he explained it, my first thought was ‘really?’ but then I started thinking about it and I thought I should give it a go.”
The 25-year-old, who is a marine biologist, commercial diver and skipper, said that after losing her father to a fishing accident when she was just 14, she felt it was important to seize opportunities.
“Because of what happened to my dad I realise that life is extremely short and you have to make the most of what you have got and push yourself when you can.”
Supporting the event will be the Round Britain Rowing Race, a prestigious event that has kindly donated one of their vessels for the record attempt.
Mr Hall, a Dartmouth based TV presenter, also has a powerful reason for wanting to conquer the challenge and raise money for the RNLI as the ashes of his best friend - a fellow Royal Marine killed in Iraq - were scattered by the crew of the Salcombe RNLI lifeboat.
He said: “The spirit of both my friend and Rachel’s father will accompany us throughout what promises to be a brutal 48 hours.
“But if we are to honour their memories and the extraordinary commitment of the RNLI crews, we had to make sure this was a suitable challenge.
#”We don’t underestimate this row and to secure what we hope will be world record, we’ll be putting our backs into the adventure.
“We hope our efforts will be rewarded by generous donations from supporters who know the importance of the RNLIs work saving lives at sea.
Andy Hurley, RNLI Regional Operations Manager, said: “Providing a lifesaving service around the coast doesn’t come cheap so support from people like Monty and Rachel is vital and I can’t thank them enough for taking on this amazing challenge for our charity.
“Both have personal reasons for doing this that will no doubt be their motivation when the going gets tough, but they are also key members of the RNLI team at Dartmouth so understand the need to keep bringing the funds in.
“I wish them well and will watch their progress with interest – from the shore!”
To donate: www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/GraceDarlingMemorialRow