Hornsea Inshore Rescue’s New Years Day Fun Swim Breaks All Records

Three hundred and fifty hardy souls braved the cold North Sea on new year’s day to take part in Hornsea Inshore Rescue’s Sponsored New Year’s Day Fun “Swim”, breaking last year’s record by a magnificent eighty three.

With around three and a half thousand spectators enjoying the fun the swimmers paraded down to the sea’s edge led by a Scottish piper at twelve noon, all having had a safety briefing come pep talk from Chair of the organisation and Operations Manager Sue Hickson-Marsay MBE.

Sue had been awarded the MBE in the new Year’s Honours List for services to the community by the provision of an independent lifeboat, flood rescue and seasafe education service.

Many of the participants quite sensibly opted for a quick dabble and a splash and a quick return to dry land whereas others, especially the Hornsea Mermaids went in for a genuine swim, some staying in for 15 minutes or more.

This was the first time the swim had taken place at high tide and some of the swimmers made entering the sea most entertaining by being swept up in the air by the breakers at the sea’s edge. However all were safely watched over by the Hornsea Inshore Rescue crew who formed a protective cordon around them and also had the Rescue Jetski on the water. As usual hot refreshments were available with hot dogs, teas, coffees and mulled wine.

The Hornsea Inshore Lifeboat Supporters were also on hand with a fund raising Tombola.
When asked to comment, Leading Coxswain Karl Shannon said, ”The New Year’s Day swim was a huge success. The sun was shining and thousands of spectators turned out to watch. I love the new year’s day dip, it is my favourite event by a long way. Everybody is always in such a great mood the atmosphere is brilliant.”

Hornsea Inshore Rescue is a totally independent local rescue organisation supported solely by donations and grants. They also raise funds by running courses on water safety, RYA courses for certificates in Off Shore Power Boating, Jetski handling and VHF Radio Certification. They also offer corporate 999 days where groups of people can experience a day as a member of the crew on a training day followed by a full mock rescue experience! They also cater for visits where school children can learn about the rescue organisation and water safety in general.

For adults they provide the very popular fish and chip lunches or suppers for pre-booked groups of up to 50 people who are treated to a presentation and demonstration of what Hornsea Rescue do and can experience what is involved in a call out. Initial enquiries to Sue on 07796 257989

Hornsea Inshore Rescue is situated at the southern end of Hornsea promenade. It is a totally independent organisation run entirely by volunteers and receives no government nor RNLI funding. It is not part of the RNLI.

Visitors to Hornsea Inshore Rescue and volunteers are always welcome whether they would like to serve as crew (comprehensive training is given), fundraisers or general helpers. Anyone interested is welcome to phone Sue on 07796 257989 or Ian on 01964 534302

Online Giving

You can use The Hornsea Inshore Rescue Just Giving Page to make either a one-off or regular donation online. They can make this donation go further through the addition of Gift Aid. Gift aid allows them to claim an additional 25% on top of your donation from the Government, as long as you are a UK tax

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