London – In a show of gratitude to their rescuers, the parents of the 34 rescued teens in Dover have raised £5,000 ($7200 in USD) for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), the Hackney Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/1rfsg2S).
As previously reported on VIN News (http://bit.ly/1tlnCm9), over three dozen teenagers, aged 13 and 14, and two adults from the Ahavas Yisroel Community Centre in Stamford Hill became lost while on a hike on Monday, and found themselves stranded by rising waters on Kent Beach.
The group contacted Kent Police and the coastguard dispatched a helicopter, three RNLI lifeboats, and a Langdon Coastguard rescue team.
The coastguard advised the lost contingent to keep their cell phones turned on and lit to aid in their rescue. Members of the Stamford Hill Shomrim also joined in the search and rescue efforts.
A spokesman for the group, Shimon Cohen, wrote a letter to the RNLI saying, “Immediately after the incident, the boys’ parents began fundraising in our community in gratitude for your heroism.”
The fundraising campaign is ongoing.
According to the coastguard, the hikers had apparently passed nine warning signs and were “lucky to be alive.”An inquiry into why the teens were accompanied by only two adults is being investigated.