Isle of Wight High Sheriff, Nick Hayward, now knows what it is like to be aboard Cowes lifeboat as it is launched from the RNLI’s new local station.
After donning a dry suit and helmet he joined three of the station’s crew as the Atlantic 85, Sheena Louise, was lowered into the harbour. His spell afloat, however, did not last long; within minutes the lifeboat was winched back up the slipway to enable him to return to dry land.
He then watched as the lifeboat, now with a four-strong bone fide crew, was launched again, to this time begin a night-time training exercise in the Solent.
Nick Hayward, who had earlier met many station members including lifeboat operations manager, Mark Southwell, in the crew room, said, “I found the visit most informative and enjoyable. I have unfailing admiration and respect for all the lifeboat members, who make such a valuable contribution to saving lives at sea. And what a vibrant and lively place Cowes lifeboat station seems to be!”
Photo Dave Davies: In the boathouse before the High Sheriff samples a launching. Left to right: Stu Higgs, Nick Hayward (IOW High Sheriff), James Chillman and the helm, Richard O’Callaghan.
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