Watch: Archbishop sails on the Penlee lifeboat
Monday 2nd December 2013Archbishop Justin Welby praised volunteers and prayed for the memory of those killed in the Penlee lifeboat disaster
The Archbishop of Canterbury praised the work of lifeboat volunteers and sailed on the Penlee lifeboat during a recent visit to Penzance, Cornwall.
Archbishop Justin was visiting the Royal National Lifeboat Institute station during a three-day trip to the Diocese of Truro.
The Archbishop joined crew onboard the Penlee lifeboat and sailed out to the site of the Penlee lifeboat disaster. Sixteen people, including eight volunteer boatmen, lost their lives during the rescue attempt amid heavy storms in December 1981.
In a short prayer ceremony near the site, the Archbishop laid a wreath on the water in remembrance of those killed, watched by the widow of one of the boatmen.
Preaching at Truro Cathedral later that day, Archbishop Justin reflected on the bravery of those who died trying to save others in the Penlee disaster.
'They saw the danger, and they went out and put themselves in the place of danger to try and rescue others. And it cost them their lives. And rightly, we remember them with honour,’ he said.
Earlier the same morning the Archbishop attended a special service remembering all those who have died, and thanking those who care for the bereaved, at St Mary’s Church in Penzance, where he preached on the hope offered by the resurrection of Christ.