RNLI saved my life – this is my chance to say thanks

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THEY saved his life – now a Gosport man will run 10 miles to say thank you.

James Kundert is taking part in the Great South Run tomorrow to raise money for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

It is a charity that the 52-year-old from Gosport has supported for many years. But James got to see first-hand just how important the work of the RNLI is in May.

The keen sailor’s voyage from Aberdeen to Portsmouth took an unexpected turn when foggy weather and tidal swells pushed his boat closer to shore.

After making a mayday call in the early hours of the morning, James was quickly met with a response from the RNLI as they co­-ordinated and helped to guide his boat away from the coast.

Recalling the event, James said: ‘The weather became astonishingly scary.

‘When my boat lost all electrics I knew I was in trouble. The rapid response from the RNLI saved me and my boat.’

The RNLI is dedicated to saving lives at sea, providing lifeboats, lifeguards and many other coastal services.

It costs around £380,000 a day to operate the public service, with up to 22 rescues launched daily.

James recently raised thousands of pounds for the charity in the Round the Island Race. Now he will take on the challenge of the 10-mile running event at the Great South Run in Southsea tomorrow.

James added: ‘The RNLI are only funded by donations, and it is unique within Europe as it does not charge us for the lifesaving service that it does.

‘Raising awareness is definitely important, and I am glad to support them however I can.’

To make a donation visit justgiving.co.uk/JamesKundert

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