In Pictures: Keeping the coast safe – RNLI marks Emergency Services Day

The RNLI has released a series of photos showing crew and lifeguards at work during the Covid-19 pandemic to mark Emergency Services Day.

The event, also referred to as 999 Day, began with a two-minute silence at 9am on September 9, to represent the ninth hour of the ninth day of the ninth month.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson praised emergency responders, saying: “You are heroes of British life, doing what you do not for the plaudits but out of a sheer sense of duty and a determination to serve the public.

“All of us in this country owe each of you a debt of gratitude.”

To mark the occasion, the RNLI has shared new images of its work during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Coronavirus – Wed Sep 9, 2020
Swanage volunteer lifeboat crew members during one of the first training exercises the station held following the easing of lockdown restrictions (Nathan Williams/RNLI)
Coronavirus – Wed Sep 9, 2020
Training with the Swanage volunteer lifeboat crew (Nathan Williams/RNLI)
Coronavirus – Wed Sep 9, 2020
A Shannon class lifeboat from RNLI Swanage Lifeboat Station at sea during a training exercise in rough weather (Nathan Williams/RNLI)
Coronavirus – Wed Sep 9, 2020
RNLI Redcar Lifeboat Station crew member Adam Enderwick is ready for action (Dave Cocks/RNLI)
Coronavirus – Wed Sep 9, 2020
Crew members from RNLI West Kirby on an exercise during the coronavirus outbreak (David Edwards/RNLI)
Coronavirus – Wed Sep 9, 2020
Poole volunteer lifeboat crew members outside the boathouse (Nathan Williams/RNLI/)
Coronavirus – Wed Sep 9, 2020
RNLI Poole lifeboat crew undertake a recent rescue (RNLI Poole)
Coronavirus – Wed Sep 9, 2020
Lifeboat crew members and a lifeguard wear PPE in Rhyl (Callum Robinson/RNLI)
Coronavirus – Wed Sep 9, 2020
Lifeguards George Davies and Matty Jones offer advice to swimmers in Rhyl (Nathan Williams/RNLI)
Coronavirus – Wed Sep 9, 2020
Members of the Walmer RNLI crew during an exercise at sea (Christopher Viney/RNLI)
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