RNLI Portishead welcomes ancestor of life-saving heroine

PUBLISHED: 10:00 30 July 2018

Paul and his family visited the lifeboat station. Picture: Helen Lazenby

Paul and his family visited the lifeboat station. Picture: Helen Lazenby

Helen Lazenby

A relative of a Victorian woman who saved dozens of people from a shipwreck has visited RNLI Portishead.

Paul Darling is the great-great nephew of Grace Darling, the daughter of a lighthouseman who helped save the lives of people on board a ship which crashed into rocks off the Northumberland coast on September 7 1838.

Paul’s wife, Pauline, died recently so the RNLI invited him and his family along to the lifeboat station in Pier Road to pay tribute.

Paul said: “While we have an obvious connection to the RNLI through our ancestry, this was our first real encounter with the volunteers at Portishead.

“Sunday was an extremely emotional day for me and my family but the team was very supportive.

“They were so welcoming and warm and I am so amazed by their dedication and commitment as volunteers to their lifesaving work. We cannot thank them enough.”

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