In the middle of a shout on a busy bank holiday week-end one crew wife goes into labour at the station
Simon Bond is one of the lifeboat crew at Weston-super-Mare RNLI Station. He and his wife Jen were expecting a baby any minute during the bank holiday week-end at the end of August. It was a busy week-end for the crew with 4 shouts being completed before this incident.
On the Bank Holiday Monday the crew had a shout at 14:20. A swimmer was in difficulties in the strong and dangerous tides that can occur to the unwary on Weston beach. The smaller of their two lifeboats the D Class Anna Stock was launched within minutes.
As it was a bank holiday some of the crew families had come down to watch the launch. Among these was Jen Bond, very pregnant, indeed it was her due date on that Monday. The remaining crew, who did not need to launch their larger boat for one swimmer, were watching from the station. Jen joined them. The at risk swimmer managed to get out of the sea unaided so the lifeboat was recovered and made ready for its next service.
Jen was just sitting around when she felt a twinge and the next thing she knew she was soaking wet down below. Her waters had broken and the baby had decided to join the crew directly.
Contractions started soon after but she did not deliver until early on the Wednesday morning. A healthy baby girl named Sydney was born weighing in at 7lb 3oz to the happy couple.
As soon as she was able Jen brought baby Sydney down to the station where her recent journey had begun.
Charlotte Conroy, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Weston-super-Mare RNLI station said. ‘It was lovely to see that the event which started with all of us present concluded so brilliantly. A potential new member is getting ready to join us.’
A proud Simon Bond said; ‘We are delighted with the response of the crew to our new member of the family. She will grow up knowing all about what we do here, saving lives, and maybe one day she will join us.
Notes to editors
• Photos show the crew admiring young Sydney and Her father putting her in an RNLI helmet to show her what’s in store..
For further information, please contact Weston-super-Mare RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer Glyn Hayes on 01934 824587 or Chris Lyons Deputy RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer on 07825 347697
Lifeboats in service at Weston-super-Mare
Atlantic 75 class Lifeboat named Coventry and Warwickshire
D-Class Lifeboat named Anna Stock
The station was established in 1882 at the request of the local inhabitants and moved into a new boathouse in 1902. In 2013 the Pier connecting Birnbeck Island to the mainland became too unstable and dangerous. The crew now use a temporary station on the shoreline while waiting for a new permanent home.
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