Isle of Wight RNLI Lifeboats… 10 Things to Know and See

Here on the Isle of Wight, being surrounded 360º by water - our lifeboats are a living breathing core part of our community. They are run through donations from the public and are manned voluntarily by local people.

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 3 independent Island lifeboats in Ryde, Sandown & Shanklin and Freshwater, funded purely by local donations.

2) When a 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, 3 dogs, an inflatable swan, 2 inflatable dinghies and a plastic traffic bollard!



4 ways to see the lifeboats this summer…

Here are a few ways to see the lifeboats on the Island this summer first hand – but from the safety of dry land and not in an emergency!

1) Pop along anytime and see Yarmouth RNLI lifeboat moored up alongside the Quay, or visit the lifeboat station Offshore Boathouse & Shop at Bembridge, which is open daily between 2pm and 4pm (11am-4pm during school holidays).

2) Make a date to see the boat launched on crew practice nights -Yarmouth RNLI Thursday at 6pm, Cowes RNLI Thursday at 7.30pm and Bembridge RNLI Tuesday at 7pm.

3) Enjoy the fantastic display from the Yarmouth RNLI lifeboat and the coastguard helicopter during Yarmouth Carnival Week (11- 18 August).

4) Cowes Lifeboat have open days every Bank Holiday Monday with a range of activities including knot tying, coastal safety, lifeboat and station tour and an explanation of the crew kit.

Alix Robinson

13 May 2018

By Alix Robinson in Articles