The launch of our new Inshore Rescue Boat was a day to remember. Not only was Portsea Rescue 1 launched successfully, but the Portsmouth and Southsea Voluntary Lifeguards attended two incidents as well.
Being less than 2 months old and already responding to her first incident, our brand new lifeboat was certainly put through her paces today! While carrying out engine trials in the local area, the new Portsea Rescue 1 was tasked by Solent Coastguard to respond to a 999 call to the reports that there were persons in the water off a sandbar near the Inn on the beach pub, Hayling Island.
Ken White from Hayling Island has been honoured by HRH Prince Michael of Kent for his contribution to the valuable work of the Royal Life Saving Society, which is celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2016.
Every year on Christmas day, the Portsmouth and Southsea Voluntary Lifeguards hold a Christmas Day Dip where members bravely jump into the freezing sea in order to raise funds for the club. Now, we are opening it up to everyone willing to give it a go!
Portsmouth and Southsea Voluntary Lifeguards want you to help save lives in the solent! We are looking for people of all ages to help keep the oldest beach lifeguard club in the UK open and to keep helping people in your local community.
Today one of our own lifeguard members, Jack Allman, successfully carried out a charity cross Solent paddle on a lifeguard rescue board from Ryde on the Isle of Wight to our lifeguard station on Southsea Seafront.
Portsea Rescue 1 was tasked by solent Coastguard, at 15:55, to reports of a boy clinging to the bottom of the pier structure at the outfall at Eastney. Portsea Rescue 1 responded immediately, backed up by Portsea's rescue watercraft. (Jet Ski)
One of our own members, Jack Allman, a 17 year old from Southsea, will be undertaking the challenge of paddleboarding across the solent in aid of charity. He will be completing this on the 25th of September, to support two charities, Cancer Reaearch UK and Portsmouth and Southsea Voluntary Lifeguards.
Our new 6.8 meter lifeboat will be ready for next summer. The nice people over at Ribcraft have began the build process which can be seen below. The fuel tanks and hull of the boat are now completed. The panels for the coxswain, where the wheel and throttles will be going are completed also, along with the crew panels which will include systems such as GPS for the crew to manage. We are very excited for the arrival of our new boat, and cannot wait until next summer!