A Century Of Saving Lives - The Directory Group

A century of saving lives

A 17th-century canon heralded an historic sailpast celebrating 100 years of Hayling Island RNLI.

Hundreds gathered at the lifeboat station to mark a century of saving lives by volunteers.

The day began with the rededication of the Lifeboat Station, in Sandy Point, by the Bishop of Portsmouth Rt Rev Christopher Foster.

At 12.30pm, members of the Fort Cumberland Guard re-enactment group, from the Royal Marines Museum in Southsea, fired the canon to launch the sailpast, which was led by Emsworth’s oyster boat, Terror. Around 100 boats joined in the parade.

Hayling resident Stuart Popham marked the occasion with a Certificate on vellum.

He said: “As a local resident, a sailor, and the Vice Chair, it was a real honour to present the vellum recognising 100 years of lifesaving service by so many dedicated Hayling Island volunteers.”

Over the 100 years, Hayling Island RNLI has launched 2,762 times and rescued 1,802 people, of whom 543 were lives saved.

To find out more about Hayling Island RNLI, go to www.haylinglifeboats.org.uk

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