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Royal visitor makes return visit to Cornish lifeboat station

By WMNlynbarton  |  Posted: March 24, 2014

  • Rescue crews gather for a group photo at St Agnes. A copy of this image will be given to the Duke of Kent.

  • The Duke of Kent visiting St Agnes RNLI in 1978

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A Cornish lifeboat station is to welcome a royal visitor next week.

The Duke of Kent is to visit the lifeboat station at Trevaunance Cove, St Agnes, in his role as president of the charity on Tuesday, April 1.

During the day, he will meet and talk to the lifeboat crew, RNLI lifeguards and the other volunteers associated with the lifeboat station.

He will be presented with a copy of rescue services gathered at the cove and the Duke will also be invited to unveil a plaque commemorating his visit.

The Duke of Kent previously visited St Agnes lifeboat station in 1978 and he will see some familiar faces, including current lifeboat management chairman Gerald Simmons, who was then operations manager.

The St Agnes inshore lifeboat Blue Peter IV has been at the station since 2005 and during that time has launched 120 times, with her volunteer crew rescuing 44 people and saving nine lives.

The D class lifeboat is crewed by a volunteer team of 18 men and women who are on call 24/7 all year round.

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