Geoff goes the distance for the men that rescued him

Geoff and his wife Donna present the cash to representatives of the three RNLI teams at the Skegness RNLI station.
Geoff and his wife Donna present the cash to representatives of the three RNLI teams at the Skegness RNLI station.
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A Rothwell man has given a cash boost to the RNLI teams that saved his life.

Skegness, Mablethorpe and Cleethorpes Royal National Lifeboat Institute teams have been given £1,296 
after Geoff Pearce embarked on an epic European challenge.

In September last year, during the last leg of a sailing trip from France, a yacht carrying Mr Pearce suffered engine failure after it was becalmed 10 miles off the Suffolk coast.

The yacht was 30 miles from port and, with potential disaster looming as a force eight gale headed their way, the crew had to call the Coastguard for assistance.

After desperate efforts to try to re-start the engine, the Aldeburgh lifeboat arrived. She towed the yacht halfway towards its home berth where the Lowestoft lifeboat joined the rescue and the yacht’s crew were able to observe the most impressive and delicate manoeuvre as the two boats exchanged their charge.

The dramatic retrieval 
and transfer to safety by 
the lifeboat service 
inspired Geoff to cycle 
from Lincoln to Luxembourg in just three days to raise vital funds for his home county’s stations - and he raked in an impressive £1,296.

Geoff, accompanied by his wife, Donna, presented the funds (to which Gift Aid will be added) at Skegness Lifeboat Station.

It will be shared between 
the Skegness, Cleethorpes and Mablethorpe lifeboats.

Mr Pearce is pictured centre, giving the money he raised to the RNLI crews.