July Newsletter

Good afternoon all,

The year seems to be rushing by but of course for all at FILB it is business as usual.

The crew have been busy with a few tasks from the coastguard and of course last month the boats were out all day supporting the Round the Island Yacht race.

Last month saw the Spirit of West Wight 3 going about a mile offshore and recovering a capsized boat. The crew had thankfully already been taken off by another vessel who was close by.  The boat, which was of course a hazard to other vessels, was towed into the bay, righted by the lifeboat crew and launch team and brought onto the public slipway. The very grateful owner brought his trailer and retrieved her the following day.

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The crew were out on a training exercise in the Solent when they were tasked by the coastguard to a vessel which was stuck in reverse !!! The crew carried out an alongside tow and took the vessel to Cowes marina. Amazingly a dolphin accompanied them for virtually the whole 1.5 hours that the job took.

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We had our first open day of the summer on the 25th June and it was a great day. Loads of people looked over the boats and chatted and of course had a good time eating wonderful homemade cakes and playing the games etc.  And -we made fantastic £2061 on the day. Since then we have had another open day and despite having to pack up early because of the weather we raised another £1208,

Tickets for the Grand Summer Draw were available and sales were brisk -well it would be when the value of the prizes, headed up by the wonderful Middleton Quilt now total at least £1300, including a £200 voucher from Brittany Ferries. Tickets will be on sale until 27th August open day when the draw will take place at 3.30pm. The quilt generated some wonderful comments -we are very lucky to have it -Thank you Faith & Maria. We sold nearly £400 worth of tickets at the Chale show on 5/6th August as well.

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At the June open day we were treated to great music by the Brass Monkeys - who will be back for the August Open day. They provided a wonderful atmosphere.

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We have now taken delivery of the Rescue Water Craft provided with the grant from the DfT. Training has started so hopefully in the not too distant future we can declare it as an asset and start using her in anger in the local waters. It gives us a fast reaction unit which can operate in almost any area of the coastline around us and can go where the larger boats can’t. The device you can see on the back of the unit is the rescue sled which is lowered behind the vessel to bring in casualties etc.

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The Chale show stand.

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That’s it for now on the news front but of course I have to put out the usual adverts.

If you off island members are visiting when we have an open day please come and see us -you will be made very welcome.

Don’t forget the final open day of the season is on Sunday 27th August -1030-4pm. Lots of stalls to enjoy and the chance to see over the boats.  After the event there will be a Churches Together service at the boathouse at 4.30pm.

See you there hopefully.  

Thank you all again from all at the Freshwater Independent Lifeboat for your continued support -we couldn’t do it without you.