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It was service with a smile for Cowes RNLI station

Lifeboats News Release

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.

Cheque presentation to Mark from Seasafe managing director Jeremy Dale, with crew members Andrea Vaughan and Myles Hussey also in attendance.

RNLI/Nick Edwards

Mark receives the cheque from Seasafe managing director Jeremy Dale, with crew members Andrea Vaughan and Myles Hussey also in attendance.

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.”

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