It was service with a smile for Cowes RNLI station
One organisation involved in life-saving at sea came to the aid of another, when Cowes RNLI lifeboat station benefited from a fund-raising initiative by Cowes-based Seasafe Systems.
Seasafe, which specialises at its Somerton factory in marine safety clothing and other marine products, had nominated the RNLI to benefit from the company’s scheme to service boat-owners’ lifejackets. The money came by way of many operators of the 60 collection points across the country opting to give their commission to the charity.
The eventual outcome was a presentation of a cheque for £500 by Seasafe managing director Jeremy Dale to the lifeboat station’s operations manager, Mark Southwell.
“We very much appreciate a local company supporting the RNLI in this way,” said Mark. “Lifejackets are so important for sea safety, which is why we were pleased to find in a survey last Summer that lifejackets were worn by nearly 50 percent of boat users in Cowes Harbour.”
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.