18th April 2017
Over 400 members of the public attended the Open Day at Cowes RNLI lifeboat station on Easter Monday.
With a dozen volunteers on hand – comprising members of the visits/education team and some crew members – the visitors had plenty of opportunity to learn about both the charity’s sea rescue role and its major efforts to promote water safety. They also had the chance to view at close-hand the Atlantic 85 lifeboat and the crew’s changing facilities.
“Many commented that they had not realised the breadth of RNLI’s work,” said the volunteers/education team leader, Penny Maclean. “We try to put over the message that, without fully respecting the water, fun can so easily turn into tragedy.”
She was pleased to see that among the visiting families were those that had met seven team members who had been aboard a cross-Solent Red Funnel ferry two days before to talk to passengers about water safety.
Some of the volunteers at the station provided much appreciated refreshments, including home-made cakes.
An even more ambitious public event at the station will be SOS Day on Sunday 30 April.
Author: George Chastney, Lifeboat Press Officer