RNLI volunteers will keep the Queen’s pageant safe

RNLI volunteers Lewis Arnold and James Seed who will be patrolling the River Thames on Sunday for the Queen's Jubilee pageant
RNLI volunteers Lewis Arnold and James Seed who will be patrolling the River Thames on Sunday for the Queen's Jubilee pageant
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THREE lifeboat volunteers have been picked to look after those taking part in this weekend’s Diamond Jubilee river pageant.

More than 1,000 boats will take to the River Thames on Sunday to sail with the royal family.

And John Shaw, James Seed and Lewis Arnold, from Portsmouth’s RNLI lifeboat station in Ferry Road, Eastney, will be there to keep everyone safe while taking in the sights.

Mr Arnold said: ‘It’s a real honour to be involved in the RNLI presence on the day of the pageant.

‘We’re delighted we’ll have such a front seat view of the action.’

The volunteers will be on board the RNLI’s D-class and E-class inshore lifeboats to keep an eye on the safety of participants and spectators.

The river pageant is expected to be the largest flotilla in modern times with boats stretching for around 12.5 miles.