The RNLI Yellow Welly makes it to Hayling
An errant yellow welly, like the ones worn by RNLI crew, has escaped from Poole and is heading along the coast. It arrived at Hayling on Sunday 13 May.
Portsmouth Atlantic 85 Lifeboat came round to Hayling Lifeboat Station and crewman Lewis Arnold leapt ashore to deliver the welly into the safekeeping of Jonathan Bradbury, Hayling Station Manager. From the legends on the boot we were able to see that it left Poole on 2 May and has already visited Weymouth, Lymington, Calshot, Cowes and Bembridge, travelling mostly by sea.
Deciding it was too hot an object to keep for long, Jonathan assembled some of the crew and had organised the Hampshire and Isle of Wight RNLI Lifeguard Supervisor Liv Paton to be there and she had her van ready and waiting. A brief handover ceremony was performed (pictured) with Liv accepting the boot and revving the engine of her van sped off to its next stop. She was taking the welly to the Haven Caravan Park at Pagham, recent partner with the RNLI, and then on to Littlehampton RNLI Lifeboat Station.
And so the relay will continue with several boots aiming to visit all the RNLI Lifeboat Stations in the UK. Maybe the wellies are looking for their partner boots?