6 fascinating facts…
1) There are two sorts of lifeboat on the Island, the RNLI lifeboats in Cowes, Yarmouth and Bembridge funded by the national charity, and three independent Island lifeboats in Ryde, Sandown & Shanklin and Freshwater, funded purely by local donations.
2) When an RNLI Isle of Wight lifeboat is called out on a rescue and the boat is launched it is known as a ‘shout’. Sometimes shouts can last for many hours especially if the search goes into the Channel.
3) Yarmouth lifeboat welcomed its first ever female crew member in 2015. Vicky Tribe became the first female in 91 years to join the volunteer crew.
4) Both RNLI all weather lifeboats have a range of 250 nautical miles and a top speed of 25 knots.
5) 17 awards for gallantry have been awarded to the Yarmouth RNLI lifeboat crew.
6) In 2017, Bembridge Lifeboat was involved in 52 shouts, rescued and assisted 97 people, three dogs, an inflatable swan, two inflatable dinghies and a plastic traffic bollard!
If you’re visiting and want to know more about the RNLI Isle of Wight, take a look at their website to book a tour of the Inshore Lifeboat Centre.