Respect the Water Campaign Well Underway at Cowes
Even before the official launch of the RNLI's Respect the Water campaign the Cowes station was already following many of its objectives.
Tony Reeve, Coastal Safety Officer with the RNLI’s Cowes lifeboat station, said: “Our station already has a very proactive approach to water safety promotion. Our education team gives regular talks to parties of school-children, either at the station or in Island schools. We also receive groups of students from the UKSA and scouting organisations – as well as adults.
“In addition, this is the second year that Red Funnel is allowing us to go aboard their car ferries to talk ‘water safety’ to families.”
He stressed the station team not only encourages risk-free swimming, but also seeks to persuade boat owners to use the correct water safety equipment, including the wearing of life-jackets when going afloat.
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.