Two RNLI Lifeboat volunteers have been assaulted after they asked a motorist to move their vehicle from the RNLI’S slipway where it was parked.
The motorist had parked their vehicle on the main slipway that is used by the St Ives volunteer Lifeboat crew when launching on potentially lifesaving operations.
The slipway is marked and is restricted for Lifeboat Crew and RNLI personnel only.
Yesterday (23rd July), having spotted a vehicle that had been parked on the slipway, a member of St Ives Lifeboat volunteer shore crew, along with the son of the senior crew members, asked the driver to move their vehicle.
However, both were then assaulted by the motorist.
A spokesperson for the Lifeboat station said:
‘Very shocking news to bring our followers this morning, in fact it’s difficult to believe we should need to communicate this message.
‘Parking on our slipway is restricted for Lifeboat Crew and RNLI only. This is so our crew can quickly make their way to the lifeboat station and park and respond to save lives.
‘Recently, we have been consistently requesting individuals not to park on the slipway, and to please move their vehicles.
‘Such an incident occurred once again yesterday evening, and when one of our shore crew volunteers and the son of one of our senior crew members requested an owner of a vehicle that had once again parked in the crew spaces, to please move that vehicle – they were both physically assaulted.
‘Everyone of us at the station is appalled and shocked that this has happened.
‘This is completely unacceptable in every way, our crew continue to provide a voluntary lifesaving service to the public in very busy, challenging and difficult conditions particularly right now, and should be able to do so without concerns to their physical safety.
‘The said incident has been reported to the respective authorities, but if we do ask you not to park on the lifeboat slipway, please work with us so we can continue to operate and respond quickly’.
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