Cowes marina goes orange for lifeboat get together
Eight lifeboats, both RNLI and independent, descended on Cowes from all parts of the Solent area today for an annual gettogether.
As the bright orange craft assembled in the Royal Yacht Squadron marina they brought some cheerful contrast to a grey and rainy day.
Cowes Lifeboat Operations Manager, Mark Southwell, said that irrespective of how Solent lifeboats were funded, crewed and supported, they all did the same job and needed to know one another on a personal level.
Three stations did not send their boat or representatives as this would restrict their ability to respond to a possible emergency. “It’s a reminder to all of us all that no matter how much importance we place on being good neighbours to one another – operational availability is everything the public expect of us.”
The chef at Cowes’ Globe Sports Lounge, just a stone’s throw from the RYS marina, excelled himself by producing 85 delicious meals for the lifeboat crews and officers.
“We look forward to next year’s gathering, which is already being planned,” added Mark.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.