Posted by Admin on 23 November 2007, 12:00 am

Cowes Inshore Lifeboat’s chairman, Chris Greenham said, “We need to increase our crew numbers with men and women aged 18 and over who live and/or work in the Cowes area, and who would relish the opportunity to get out on the Solent to rescue people in trouble.”

“As an independent organisation with the only operational lifeboat based in Cowes we are truly a community service. We respond to emergency call-outs in a purpose-built 8.9 metre Barbarian Class RIB – its two powerful outboards providing speeds of over 40 knots.”

People accepted for training will learn a whole range of valuable life-saving skills and get a chance to join the more experienced crew members aboard the rescue craft. As well as emergency call-outs, there will be regular weekend patrols and training exercises, some involving the Coastguard helicopter.

“We expect serious commitment from all our crew members,” said Chris.

“New recruits will be required to gain permission from their employer to leave work for emergency call-outs. In reality, though, such call-outs are few and far between, so hopefully employers will understand the importance of belonging to an emergency service.”

Chris Greenham said Cowes Inshore Lifeboat was unconnected with any national organisation. It is virtually entirely reliant on voluntary funding, and all crew are expected to help with vital fundraising. “Since this lifeboat service was founded in 1989 it has built up a solid reputation with Coastguards and others for its professionalism. Our hard-earned good name will, though, be at risk if we do not have sufficient crew members to call on, round the clock, throughout the year.

“I feel sure that those who do get accepted for training will fit in well with our existing crew members, find the work and the camaraderie within the organisation very rewarding, and take real pride in being part of this most valuable service.”

Anyone interested in joining the lifeboat is invited to contact him on 01983 298357, or e-mail:

You can also visit their website for more details:

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