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Dungeness RNLI to appear on BBC Countryfile

On Sunday 2 February at 6.10pm, viewers can tune in to BBC One to watch our volunteer crew at Dungeness RNLI in a programme based on the local area.

Presenter Margherita with lady launcher Betty and crew member Natalie

Presenter Margherita with lady launcher Betty and crew member Natalie
Photo by Sarah Beck, Deputy Lifeboat Press Officer

Presenter, Margherita Taylor, joined the crew for a day on station to discuss our historical lady launchers that assisted with the launch and recovery of the lifeboat right up until the 1970s.

Margherita speaks with Betty Paine, one of our former lady launchers and also speaks with present crew member, Natalie Adams, who explains how the role of females in the RNLI has evolved over the years to present day.

Margherita and Betty then watch the launch of the Shannon class lifeboat The Morrell in blustery conditions showing just how advanced the launch and recovery of the lifeboat has become.

Natalie Adams, Volunteer Navigator and Trainee Coxswain says: ‘It was great to be able to show Margherita the Shannon class lifeboat and explain the opportunities that are available as a female RNLI volunteer. The lady launchers did an unimaginably difficult job which I have huge admiration for and Betty is a real inspiration.’

Countryfile airs on BBC One at 6.10pm on Sunday 2 February 2020.

If you are local to Dungeness and are interested in becoming a volunteer at our station please contact us on 01797 320317 and ask to speak to either Roger or Stuart.

The presenter and Betty watch the lifeboat come ashore

 The presenter and Betty watch the lifeboat come ashore
Photo by Sarah Beck, Deputy Lifeboat Press Officer

RNLI media contacts

For more information please telephone Sarah Beck, Deputy RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07956 615429 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Paul Dunt, RNLI Regional Media Manager on 07785 296252 or RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789.

RNLI online

For more information on the RNLI please visit www.rnli.org.uk. News releases and other media resources, including RSS feeds, downloadable photos and video, are available at the RNLI Press Centre www.rnli.org.uk/press

Key facts about the RNLI

The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 230 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and has more than 180 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved 140,000 lives.

A charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SCO37736). Charity number CHY 2678 in the Republic of Ireland