As the crew quite literally ran out the door, the invited book launch guests broke into spontaneous applause, having been forcibly reminded of just how much of a commitment being a RNLI volunteer actually is.
Reacting to this, compere for the event Brian Moore said: “This just shows the complete bravery of anyone who becomes a lifeboat crew member.
“These people go out into the sea when no one should be putting a boat into the water and we are so very, very grateful that we have them.”
Appropriately, the crew were at the Arcadia to support their Lifeboat Medical Officer, Dr Martin O’Kane at the launch of his book ‘Dee the Little Lifeboat’
Dr O’Kane has written the book as a fundraiser for the station and the book is illustrated by local artist Alice Rohdich, who also happens to the wife of ex-lifeboat crew member, Damian.
The Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens, Cllr Richard Holmes was also in attendance and paid tribute to RNLI crew members saying he couldn’t “even imagine the bravery” it takes to become a volunteer.
Copies of ‘Dee the Little Lifeboat’ can be ordered from www.deethelittlelifeboat.com