A Special Partnership: the RNLI and the Isle of Wight30th September 2017
The British coast feels a far safer place to sail when you know the RNLI have your back in an emergency. In fact, when you are out enjoying the Solent by boat, you’re never more than 12 minutes from rescue by a trained crew of lifesavers. That’s thanks to the three lifeboat stations lining the north shore of the Isle of Wight. So, what special relationship does the Royal National Lifeboat Institution have with the island?
We make their RIBs
In case you aren’t too savvy with your nautical terms, RIB stands for ‘rigid-hulled inflatable boat’ and they are the common type of lightweight, high-performance craft you will see completing all sorts of tasks. RIBs are used as support vessels at events, as reconnaissance by the navy and are equally great as small and simple pleasure craft.
The RIBs used by the RNLI are manufactured in East Cowes, and they’ve provided amazing service and saved countless lives over their decades of commissioned use. You will see Atlantic B class and D class boats of 8 and 4 metres respectively. They’re hard to miss after all, with their distinctive orange livery.
150 years of lifesaving
Earlier this year, Bembridge Lifeboat Station was awarded a blue plaque to commemorate 150 years of RNLI activity on the island. Lifeboat services on the island began in 1867. In this year a boathouse was built at Lane End, costing a total of £165. Oddly enough, funds for the lifeboat and hand-drawn carriage were raised by the people of Worcester. Naturally, the lifeboat – a ‘self-righting pulling boat’ of 32 feet – was named after its beneficiary, The City of Worcester.
Like all RNLI lifeboat crews, the three Isle of Wight crews are on call 24 hours a day for your protection. Across the UK, the RNLI have a call out approximately once every hour. That means while you are reading this, a lifeboat crew is probably on the water somewhere in the UK helping a crew in need at sea.
In 2016, the Isle of Wight RNLI crews rescued close to 200 people. In total 197 people were assisted to safety thanks to the brave volunteers at the RNLI. Always respect the water and stay safe by wearing a life jacket.
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