Cowes Lifeboat Station

Lifeboat Members Drink to a Plastic-Free Future

27th March 2018

Off with the old and on with the new – operations manager Mark Southwell (left)
holds a few of the few remaining plastic water bottles, while boathouse manager
Dave Davies (right) displays some of the new reusable bottles.

As well as being ready to save lives at sea, Cowes RNLI lifeboat station is also
now set to play its part in saving the planet – by cutting down on plastic.

Rather than using hundreds of disposable plastic water bottles through the year the
lifeboat crew members will in future be drinking tap water from reusable bottles.

The change, suggested by boathouse manager Dave Davies, was readily adopted by
everyone at the station – both crew and onshore members.

“Apparently over 480 billion plastic drinking bottles were sold across the world in just one year,” said operations manager Mark Southwell. “Many of these will either end up in the sea,
causing major environmental problems, or in landfill.

“Our crew members generally take water with them when on exercise or a ‘shout’,
especially during the warm weather. Although they never throw anything overboard,
they still have to end up in landfill.”

In future the only plastic bottles carried aboard the Cowes Atlantic 85 RIB, Sheena
Louise, will be reserved for rescued casualties.

Caption to photo:
Off with the old and on with the new – operations manager Mark Southwell (left)
holds a few of the few remaining plastic water bottles, while boathouse manager
Dave Davies (right) displays some of the new reusable bottles.