Cowes Lifeboat Rededicated After Major Overhaul
The Cowes Atlantic 85 lifeboat, Sheena Louise, was rededicated by the station’s chaplain, the Rev Andrew Poppe, on Sunday (April 30) to officially mark its return after undergoing a refurbishment at the RNLI’s East Cowes-based Inshore Lifeboat Centre.
Besides undergoing a thorough overhaul at the centre the lifeboat was also fitted with an Automatic Information System (AIS), enabling the station and others to pin-point exactly the lifeboat’s position. During its absence safety cover by the station was provided by a relief lifeboat.
Among those attending the rededication were Bertha Pollock who had paid for the lifeboat in 2012 in memory of her daughter, Sheena Louise, who died at the age of 39. Mrs Pollock, who was accompanied to the short service by her other daughter, Lorna Cox, was delighted to receive a former name-plaque from the lifeboat.
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, in a normal year, 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.