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Lindsey's Lifeboat Adventure

Lindsey gets to experience life onboard an RNLI lifeboat.


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This is Blue Peter, but mini.

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Expect epic adventures,

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mates, bakes, badges,

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pets, presenters, and your post.

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We've only got five minutes, so get ready for your Blue Peter adventure.

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Since 1824, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution

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has saved more than 140,000 lives.

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Their volunteers are constantly on standby around the country

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to save those in trouble.

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I've come to Beaumaris Lifeboat Station in Anglesey,

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to learn exactly what it takes to be part of a top life-saving crew.

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And you know what, I am so excited for this.

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Blue Peter has helped raise money for lifeboats all over the UK,

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and one of those was Blue Peter 2, launched here at Beaumaris in 1967.

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-Guy, how are you?

-Lindsey, nice to meet you.

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Well, it's great to be here, I'm excited.

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So, Blue Peter 2, where is the old girl?

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Er... 50 years is a long time.

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We don't have her any more, unfortunately.

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-Oh, right.

-We've got a new one, though!

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Blue Peter 2's replacement is a state-of-the-art modern lifeboat

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and it's this I'm going to experience.

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To celebrate our 50 years, we're going to have a big sea demonstration

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for the public, and I want you to come with us.

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I'm going to be part of the crew that showcase

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what they can do in a demo rescue,

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so it probably makes sense for me to learn what happens on a lifeboat call-out.

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ALARM WAILS

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-Right, the boys are getting on.

-OK.

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-So do you want to follow them up?

-OK.

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The lifeboat is kept on board a trailer,

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so it can be pushed into the water for the quickest possible start.

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This is so cool!

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Whoo!

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Once we're at sea, I'm thrown straight in at the deep end.

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So there's going to be a dummy in the water,

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-and I want you to navigate me to go and pick him up.

-How?

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-So, you've got a GPS here.

-Yeah.

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And Colin is going to put the position in,

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and I want you to read the bearing and the distance to me.

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Let's do this!

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Whoo!

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Right now, the water is calm and the weather is fine,

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but crews like these have to attend emergencies in storms,

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often in the pitch-black.

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So, communication is vital.

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-What's the distance?

-Distance, 0.25 miles.

-OK.

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I can see him.

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When we reach the dummy, I need to let the helmsman, or driver,

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know exactly what I'm doing.

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-Come on!

-Argh!

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Contact!

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We then pull the dummy to safety.

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He is so heavy! Urgh...

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With things going so well and with calm conditions,

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the crew make the offer of a lifetime.

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-We're going to head back to station now.

-Uh-huh.

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-Before we do, would you like to have a little drive?

-I'd love to!

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-Can I?

-Yeah, come and give it a go.

-Do you trust me?

-Yeah!

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This is such a privilege,

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and is only possible because our crew is so experienced

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and because I'm going at a slow speed.

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Whoo!

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-I loved that! I think I've found my calling.

-Definitely.

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I'm going to be a lifeboat driver! That was amazing.

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Listen, we've done the training,

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I feel like I know what I need to work on, I know what we're doing,

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and now tomorrow I've just got to be part of the crew and go for it.

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-You ready for tomorrow?

-I am ready. Let's do it!

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So, here we are - the morning of Day Two,

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and I don't know if you can hear or see, but it is SO windy,

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and that does make me a bit nervous

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because I want to do Blue Peter proud,

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and do it for the badge.

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For our demonstration, we're going to head out

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and rescue a dummy as quickly as possible.

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The crowd have come to see a slick crew in action.

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Let's go.

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We're out onto the water,

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and my first job is to find the location of our casualty.

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Beaumaris boathouse, Beaumaris boathouse.

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This is Beaumaris lifeboat, Beaumaris lifeboat. Over.

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-RADIO:

-Lifeboat, Beaumaris lifeboat.

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OK, Lindsey. Can I have another bearing, please?

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Bearing, 090.

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-Distance, 0.25 miles.

-Roger, I've got a visual.

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Even though it's a drill, everyone is taking this practice seriously.

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Yeah, contact.

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Yesterday's training is really paying off.

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I'm so glad I got to practise this.

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Did it! But this show isn't over - oh, no.

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MUSIC: Ride Of The Valkyries by Richard Wagner

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If a casualty needs to get to hospital quickly,

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the RNLI sometimes has to call in air support.

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The coastguard search and rescue are about to demonstrate

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how they would take someone from the water.

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Lowering a member of the team down on a winch, they're able to attach

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themselves to the person in trouble and lift them straight on board.

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It happens in a matter of minutes, and is incredible to witness.

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These guys that you see here and the people in that helicopter

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are actually unbelievable.

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Do you know what, of all my Blue Peter experiences,

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I cannot believe how good that was. That was ridiculous!

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I'm genuinely buzzing.

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Join in every Thursday on CBBC.

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