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Hamble Lifeboat Charity In Green Lane England

Hamble Lifeboat

 Green Lane     England

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Hamble Lifeboat Charity Profile

Hamble Lifeboat was formed in 1968, as the Southampton Water Inshore Rescue Service (Hamble Rescue), by local residents in response to the increasing number of casualties occurring in Southampton Water and the Rivers Hamble, Itchen and Test (19 deaths in one year). The RNLI, who at the time had boats stationed at Yarmouth and Bembridge, were approached but had no boat suitable for the area. The nature of the area meant something fast, powerful and capable of operating in shallow water was needed. Since its inception the service has attended, on average, 100 incidents per year, day and night, 365 days a year, in all weather conditions. Hamble Lifeboat operates in an area 15 miles long and ten miles across the widest point. It is bounded by Lee on Solent and Cowes to the east,and by Gurnard Bank and the mouth of the River Beaulieu to the west. It includes the central Solent, Southampton Water and the rivers Itchen, Hamble and Test. These are difficult waters to navigate. The Solent has unusual double tides which create strong and complex tidal currents. The Brambles, a sand-bar at the entrance to Southampton Water, adds to the peril for the unwary or inexperienced of water sports. The Solent waters are among the busiest in the world. In addition to high volumes of commercial traffic, they witness some of the UK's heaviest leisure use. Numerous yacht clubs and thousands of sailing boats are based in the area. Easy access to the water, a highly populated area and the growing popularity of water sports combine to make Hamble the busiest lifeboats in the region.

Hamble Lifeboat Volunteer Information

Hamble Lifeboat was founded more than forty years ago by local residents, fishermen, and boating enthusiasts in response to an increasing number of accidents and fatalities in the Hamble River, Southampton Water and the Solent. In one year alone there were 19 deaths. Today, the unit is one of approximately 65 Independent Lifeboat stations found around the British Isles and responds to over 100 calls a year; roughly one every 2.5 days. As an independent lifeboat service, unlike the neighbouring RNLI boats, which benefit from a well established national network of fundraisers and full-time office staff, we are responsible for raising all the funds needed to cover our operational costs which are about 25,000 per year. Despite this imbalance of resources, will still work closely alongside our RNLI and Coastguard colleagues and maintain equally professional standards. Hamble Lifeboat provides pager response, as well as weekend, Bank holiday, and major event patrols. The unit has two of the UK's most advanced inshore lifeboats, Pacific 32 rigid inflatable lifeboats, which comply with the Maritime Coastguard Agency Lifeboat code and are built to Lloyds A100 specification. Both boats are fully equipped to handle any situation from towing to medical emergencies. We are currently undertaking a recruitment drive in the Hamble, Netley Abbey and Burseldon areas, to increase our current crew numbers. All crew are volunteers and are required to provide weekend duty on a rota system, (first weekend Saturday, second weekend Sunday, third weekend off), and ideally be able to respond to pager call outs, again worked on rota basis. Crew members do not receive service payments of any kind. It is 100% voluntary. During British Summer Time, at weekends the duty crew man the station from 0900. The duty boat is thoroughly checked over and cleaned, and equipment checked. From 1300 to 1700 the boat undertakes a patrol of the central Solent and Southampton water. At all times, the crew should be ready to respond immediately to a rescue tasking. After completion of the patrol, the boat is refuelled and put back on the mooring ready. Assuming the lifeboat is not on a tasking, the station is closed down at 1800 and pager call resumed. During GMT the duty hours are reduced to 1000 to 1700. Requirements: Minimum age 21 Clean Driving License Physically fit, applicants will be expected to undertake a medical Will have to undergo a Criminal Records Bureau check A good knowledge of seamanship Local area knowledge of the Hamble River, Southampton Water, and the Solent First Aid Certificate VHF radio operators License A sense of humour! Working as a crew member on a lifeboat can be a very challenging but rewarding job. The job comes with serious responsibility and commitment. You can't just decide not to turn in. Lives depend on your presence. We therefore ask you to sit down and seriously discuss joining the lifeboat with your family before applying. Interested and want to apply? Then pay us a visit on a Saturday or Sunday morning at the lifeboat station on the foreshore (far end of the car park) between 1000 & 1200. Talk to the crew, have a look around the boat, and feel free to ask any questions.

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