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New lifesaving kit for RNLI volunteer crew at Isle of Man lifeboat stations

Lifeboats News Release

Volunteers at four of the Isle of Man’s all-weather lifeboat stations have received brand new lifeboat crew kit to help keep them safe, warm and dry when they’re out saving lives at sea.

RNLI/Mike Howland

Douglas RNLI

The new all-weather lifeboat crew kit now being worn by Douglas, Ramsey, Port St Mary and Peel RNLI’s volunteer lifeboat crews is supplied by Helly Hansen as part of their strategic partnership with the RNLI.

The new kit is lighter, more comfortable and designed to allow greater freedom of movement than the kit it is replacing and it will ensure the charity’s volunteer crew members have the very best kit to wear when they go out to sea in all weathers.

Specially designed with the RNLI to ensure it meets the demanding needs of its volunteer crews, the new kit uses state of the art waterproof and breathable Helly Tech fabric which provides increased comfort compared to the previous non-breathable fabric of the old kit. The light but strong kit is reinforced for exposed areas and its technical layering system ensures crew members will keep warm and dry while out at sea.

The kit comes in a wide range of sizes and has bespoke designs to fit both male and female crew members, unlike the kit it is replacing. The new bib, midlayer and baselayer garments have a specific fit for female crew members, enabling better comfort and freedom of movement.

Tony Radcliffe, mechanic at Douglas Lifeboat Station, said: ‘We’re delighted to have received this new all-weather lifeboat crew kit. The new gear is absolutely fantastic. It’s much lighter than the old kit, its waterproof and it uses breathable fabric, which is ideal for the more demanding tasks we often need to carry out on the lifeboat. Even in the harshest conditions, we know this kit will help to keep us warm, dry and safe when we’re out at sea.’

As part of the strategic partnership with the RNLI, Helly Hansen has committed to supporting the RNLI for the next five years through a variety of life-saving activities. These include delivering drowning prevention messages to their customers, generating income, supporting fundraising and safety campaigns, product innovation and supplying the very best kit to the RNLI’s lifesavers.

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Photo Details

Please see attached three photos from Douglas, Ramsey and Port St Mary RNLI with their crew wearing their new all-weather lifeboat kit.

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RNLI/Port St Mary

Port St Mary RNLI

RNLI/Ramsey

Ramsey RNLI

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