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Cornish dad 'alive today' thanks to RNLI donation

Cornish dad 'alive today' thanks to RNLI donation

Published by Helen Down at 6:23pm 11th September 2019. (Updated at 6:26pm 11th September 2019)

A Cornish dad is alive today thanks to a donation to the RNLI that paid for a whole fleet of lifeboats.

Kirstan Gorvan's great-great grandfather Captain Carbines was saved off the coast of Land's End in 1906 when his ship got into difficulty.

The St Ives lifeboat, the James Stevens 10, came to the aid of the stricken vessel saving the life of the mariner and the rest of those on board.

A legacy of £50,000 to the RNLI by Birmingham Timber Merchant James Stevens in 1894 paid for 20 lifeboats including the one that rescued Captain Carbines.

Kirstan Gorvin on James Stevens 10
Kirstan Gorvin sailing the James Stevens 10 after restoring the vessel to it's former glory

"If James Stevens hadn’t remembered the RNLI when writing his will, I wouldn’t be here today, and neither would my children.

"It’s so inspiring to think that one supporter’s legacy has meant my family has continued through the generations, and we’ve been able to give back by joining the charity to continue saving lives at sea.

"At the RNLI we say “legacies are our lifeline”. Having the right kit to protect us from the elements, funding for vital training and strong and capable lifeboats, are all crucial to enable us to carry out our 24/7 lifesaving work as safely as possible. 

"Any gift – large or small – is greatly appreciated by all the volunteer crews across the UK and Ireland, as more people than ever need our help."

"If James Stevens hadn’t remembered the RNLI when writing his will, I wouldn’t be here today, and neither would my children.

"It’s so inspiring to think that one supporter’s legacy has meant my family has continued through the generations, and we’ve been able to give back by joining the charity to continue saving lives at sea.

"At the RNLI we say “legacies are our lifeline”. Having the right kit to protect us from the elements, funding for vital training and strong and capable lifeboats, are all crucial to enable us to carry out our 24/7 lifesaving work as safely as possible. 

"Any gift – large or small – is greatly appreciated by all the volunteer crews across the UK and Ireland, as more people than ever need our help."

RNLI Crew member Kirstan Gorvin 

Kirstan who lives with his family in Sennen Cove has been an RNLI volunteer crew member since 2000. 

His eldest son Tristan has just completed his first season working as an RNLI lifeguard on Sennen Cove beach.

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