Calshot RNLI reopens to visitors after over two years

Lifeboats News Release

Calshot RNLI were delighted to be able to throw open their doors to visitors after an enforced two year absence today.

RNLI/Justyn Leonard

Fawley Infant School teacher Daniel Spiers with Calshot RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew Darren Taylor and Kelley Leonard

Staff and children from Reception and Year 2 classes at nearby Fawley Infant School were the first group to visit the station since the start of the pandemic.

In glorious spring sunshine, they learnt about the role of the RNLI, were able to see the equipment that volunteer crew use as well as learning some key water safety messages.

Fawley Infant School Eagle Owls class teacher Daniel Spiers said: ‘The children loved meeting all the volunteers, getting to go on the boats and hearing all about the amazing work that you do. It was a wonderful experience, well managed and informative for all the children.’

Calshot Lifeboat Visits & Deputy Press Officer Justyn Leonard added: ‘Today was very special for everyone at Calshot, finally being able to open our doors and welcome visitors back into the station in a safe and secure environment has been a long time coming and we’re looking forward to welcoming many more members of the local community into the station in the coming weeks and months.’

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