Cowes Lifeboat Station

Storm Force Children Descend on Cowes Lifeboat Station

30th October 2016


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Youngsters from the Island and mainland who belong to the RNLI’s junior organisation, Storm Force, were given a thorough but enjoyable insight into the life-saving work of the charity at the Cowes lifeboat station this weekend.

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Station volunteers turned out in force to oversee a wide range of activities; these included learning how to use a VHF radio at sea, hands-on First Aid CPR training on two ‘unconscious’ dummies, how to rescue people in the water – with members of the lifeboat crew taking the role of those in need of help, and learning how to keep safe when on or near the water.

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In addition then there was a chance to climb aboard the station’s Atlantic 85 RIB ‘Sheena Louise’, stationed at the top of the slipway, and receive a briefing from crew members.

3To ensure the 35 youngsters attending sampled all seven activities there was a change-round every 15 minutes, signalled by a pager sound usually associated with a call-out alert.

“The idea of the day was to introduce the young people to what it was like to be a crew or shore crew,” said Lifeboat Visits Officer Penny Maclean. “As a result of the frenetic few hours they spent at the station I hope we have encouraged these families to continue to support the RNLI, and perhaps the young people themselves to become volunteers one day.

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“And all the 23 Cowes station members who turned out for the event did the station proud, pulling together throughout.” This view was enthusiastically endorsed by Samuel Fieldhouse, the RNLI’s Young Education Manager for the South East, who took charge of the VHF radio facility.

7Also gratifying was the feedback from many of the youngsters, some of whom came from as far afield as London and Horsham; the overwhelming number rated the visit ‘excellent’.

Never satisfied to rest on their laurels, Penny and her team can be relied upon to look for ways to make next year’s Storm Force Day even better!

Author: George Chastney, Lifeboat Press Officer

Photo Credit: Nick Edwards, Deputy Launching Authority

N.B.  A signed release form was given by all parents for the photos to be used for publicity purposes.