Cumbria

RNLI group to fundraise in landlocked Carlisle

John F Mortimer lifeboat Image copyright Martin Fish
Image caption The RNLI relies entirely on voluntary donations

A lifeboat group is being set up in a city without a coastline.

Volunteers are being sought for the group in Carlisle, which will raise funds for the RNLI.

Lifeboats played a vital part in rescuing people during floods which devastated the city in 2005.

David Bowen, who has been a member of the Silloth branch for many years described it as "an opportunity to make a real difference and help raise funds for a life-saving charity".

He said: "You don't have to set foot in a boat to help save lives."

In 2014 there were 88 callouts from the four lifeboat stations in the county, rescuing 103 people.

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