VIDEO: Perfect weather to show off RNLI lifeboats in Plymouth
CHOPPY waters, biting rain and ominous skies. Exactly the conditions a lifeboat was made for.
It was not, however, ideal for Saturday's RNLI lifeboat open day in West Hoe.
The Plymouth team brought in their two vessels to moor in front of The Waterfront pub so rain battered families and supporters could see the life-saving boats for themselves.
Dave Lister, lifeboat operations manager, said the day was about raising the profile of RNLI Plymouth who are based in Millbay Marina.
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The former teacher and Lieutenant Commander in the Royal Navy said: "These open days are important because we need to do all we can to raise our profile. The RNLI in Plymouth is one of the busiest in the South West but there are a lot of people who do not know we have a station here.
The crew had both their boats in operation, one a large all weather Severn Class which can travel up to 25 knots. The vessel, named Sybil Mullen Glover, cost £2.1 million when it was built in 2003.
The other was a smaller Atlantic Class inshore boat with rubber sides, called Millennium Forester, which can do 30 knots.
The lifeboat service in the city is manned "95 per cent" by volunteers explained Mr Lister, with only a mechanic and coxswain being employed full time.
This was the first year the RNLI open day was held in West Hoe having formerly taken place on the Barbican.