This week the RNLI officially took over the management of the Cowes lifeboat service on the Isle of Wight.
Since mid May the lifeboat crew members have been involved in a transitional period of intensive RNLI training to ensure working practices are consistent with those found across the charity.
RNLI Operations Director Michael Vlasto says:
“This is an important day as another RNLI lifeboat station is established. While recognising the excellent work carried out by the dedicated volunteers, who have operated the independent service from West Cowes for the last 19 years, we hope to develop the station even further now it has become part of the RNLI family.”
A relief B class Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat is now stationed at Cowes and was officially placed on service this week until a long-term replacement lifeboat is allocated.
Captain Paul Townsend has been appointed Lifeboat Operations Manager of Cowes RNLI lifeboat station and says he is delighted to be involved:
“Cowes inshore lifeboat has been very well respected and has provided an effective and important lifesaving service since it was established. The majority of the crew have transferred to the RNLI and they are very much looking forward to working under the umbrella of such a dedicated service.”
Michael Vlasto added:
“It is a very busy time of year in the local waters around Cowes and I have every confidence that the volunteer crew will continue to carry out the excellent lifesaving work they have in the past.’
Last May the RNLI was asked to manage the station by the trustees of the independent lifeboat that previously served the town.
Isle of Wight Community News @Island Pulse.
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