RNLI Lifeboat crews and visitors braved a storm during station Open Day
The Hayling Island RNLI Lifeboat crews and visitors braved the rain and gale force winds during station Open Day and by the end of the day had rescued a drifting yacht!
300+ people attended the event and enjoyed tea and cakes whilst also viewing rescue services such as, fire engines, coastguard vehicles and of course two lifeboats.
Reg Woodcock, the Southern Model Lifeboat Association presented to the station a scale model of their previous D-Class lifeboat. This accurate model was made several years ago by Tony Olliff, founder member of the group who died in March this year. Both lifeboats launched and demonstrated their skills, but it was too rough to recover the D-Class safely, so it was moored temporarily in Sparkes Marina.
Despite the bad weather, they raised over £1300 for RNLI!
The Havant Borough Council Mayor Peter Wade states:
“This is an excellent team who do vital work despite all being volunteers. The station is fortunate in getting such dedicated committed volunteers.” Jonathan Bradbury Operations Manager agreed and said, “how grateful we are to both our crew members and the public who support us so well”.