Fundraiser for RNLI moots fitting rocket launchers to lifeboats to stop interference in Channel

Simon Harris, who started the campaign, says the funds could alternatively be used for whatever the lifeboat charity sees fit

The GoFundMe fundraising page

- This story has been updated, please see final paragraph

A fundraising campaign has been set up with the notional aim of fitting Royal National Lifeboat Institution boats with rocket launchers to “blast idiot gammons” into the sea.

The GoFundMe page, which has since been amended, has been set up in response to the latest reports of “racist fishermen” blocking lifeboat crews from entering the English Channel to rescue migrants.

The charity said an attempt was made to stop its lifeboat crew launching in Hastings just days before 27 people lost their lives trying to cross the Channel, after videos of the incident emerged on social media.

The fundraiser’s organiser, Simon Harris, previously raised more than £130,000 for the charity in a campaign to buy it a new life-saving hovercraft called The Flying Farage.

His earlier campaign was inspired by failed parliamentarian and GB News presenter Nigel Farage accusing the RNLI of being “a taxi service for illegal immigration”.

The charity staunchly defended its life-saving humanitarian work.

Harris’ new fundraiser has so far raised just over £500 of its £250,000 target within the first 24 hours.

He states on the page: “I’m raising money to fit lifeboats with rocket launchers so that they can blast idiot gammons [a slur to describe either those on the political right or those who supported Brexit] who try to stop them launching to save lives at sea.

“They will look something like my artist’s impression above – if we raise more than the target we may upgrade them all to death rays instead.

“In the event that it is impractical to fit heavy artillery to lifeboats, all funds shall be donated to the RNLI instead to be used however they see fit.”

Harris told Third Sector: “I’m massively grateful to everyone who has donated and shared.”

Previous criticism of the charity’s work in July this year led to a 2,000 per cent increase in donations in just 24 hours after a video of its volunteers rescuing migrants in the English Channel went viral.

An RNLI spokesperson said: "We are incredibly grateful for the donations we receive to enable us to continue saving lives at sea and the outpouring of support we've received recently has been overwhelming. We always ensure the kind donations we receive are spent wisely so we can save lives as effectively as possible.”

This article was updated after the GoFundMe page was amended to remove references to rockets and gammons.


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