27th March 2016
The visits team of Cowes RNLI lifeboat station have adopted a novel approach to promoting the charity’s Respect the Water campaign – by speaking to passengers as they crossed the Solent aboard a Red Funnel car ferry.
With the full support of Red Funnel, the eight strong team made two return trips on the Southampton-East Cowes ferry last Saturday (26 March), during which members split up to talk to various passengers including children.
Object of the exercise was to share safety knowledge and explain risks when on or near the water. It was all part of the RNLI’s aim of reducing the number of deaths by drowning in this country by fifty percent by 2025.
Children were given pictures to colour in and spot the danger challenges, while a word search quiz kept older children and adults busy. The team also mounted two displays aboard, comprising leaflets etc.
Visits team leader, Penny Maclean, said: “Although the RNLI is a charity and relies on donations this was not a fund raising event, but an education event where we hope by promoting safety we can save lives.
“Altogether we spoke to about 300 people, all of whom responded extremely positively and with interest. And Red Funnel were very accommodating and welcoming to us.”
Further trips with Red Funnel are planned by the team over the next few months.
- Team member Judy Ottaway talks to a family aboard the ferry. (written approval given to use children).
- The Cowes lifeboat visits team on the ferry. Left to right (back row) Judy Ottaway, Linda Bird, Lynne Fowler, Barry Myland and Derek Whitewood; (front row) Jennifer Hastings, Perdy Light and Penny Maclean.