Lifeboats galore descend on Cowes for a crew lunch
Lifeboats from around the shores of the Isle of Wight and Hampshire poured into Cowes Harbour today (Sat) for the annual get-together in the port.
Leading the way into the Royal Yacht Squadron ‘s marina was the RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat from Bembridge – to be followed by a number of RNLI and independent inshore lifeboats.
The crews of lifeboats in the marina were joined on shore by other lifeboat crews who had come by road – plus Coastguards from the Fareham headquarters and the Ventnor unit.
There followed a convivial lunch at the Royal Ocean Racing Club’s premises, attended by nearly 100 people, after which the lifeboats returned to their respective stations.
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.