The dedication and courage of volunteer lifeboat crews is being highlighted today as Lowestoft RNLI station throws open its doors to the public as part of its annual SOS Day.

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The charity’s biggest national day of fund-raising sees the lifeboat station on South Pier opening to visitors from 10.30am until 3pm – giving people chance to meet some of the crew members.

Subject to operational requirements, there will is an opportunity to look around the 27-year-old Spirit of Lowestoft lifeboat and view information about her proposed replacement.

The crew’s recent call-out to a burning windfarm workboat will feature in a photographic display and there will be a chance to watch a video of the incident, play a tombola and enjoy a range of refreshments.

Items including half-price RNLI Christmas cards, diaries and calendars will be on sale in the gift shop.

Josie Moore, chairman of the local RNLI fund-raising committee, said: “Supporting SOS Day will help keep our lifeboat crew trained and equipped for the year ahead, enabling them to continue to save the lives of others.”

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