RNLI Torbay team completes first of six ‘Kilimanjaro ’23’ fundraising challenges


The nine members of RNLI Torbay’s Skydive team have landed safely after completing their first Kilimanjaro Challenge on Sunday 22 May at Dunkeswell Aerodrome.

RNLI Torbay crew complete the skydive, the first of six ‘Kilimanjaro ’23’ fundraising challenges.

The nine members of RNLI Torbay’s Skydive team landed safely after completing their first Kilimanjaro challenge last Sunday 22n/a May, at Dunkeswell airfield.

The day started with a short briefing, which everyone listened to quite carefully, learned what not to do, how to pose and what skydiving lingo to use for the camera. They put on airmen and their gear, got on the plane, took off and climbed above the clouds… where they bombarded with meat at 15,000 feet, free fall for 60 seconds, open
canopies and plunged gracefully through the last 5,000 feet to the
ZD back to Dunkeswell Aerodrome. A crowd of well-wishers, friends and family members greeted them all on dry land with shouts of congratulations and requests for autographs.

” How was it ? » asked a wondering spectator… ” Crazy ! » came Barney’s response.

“Would you do it again?” … “Absolutely!”

Back at the station, Skydiving Team Leader Darryl Farley respectfully presented the Kili Flag to Cridds, Team Leader for the next challenge – the Six Island Cycle! …
“Pay special attention to it!” he grated with a company
handshake and a steely look in his eyes.

For more information and to support our challenges, please visit https://justgiving.com/campaign/RNLITorbaykili23

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