Bembridge RNLI Lifeboat Station’s open day promises to be a fascinating and entertaining visit for all the family on Sunday (August 14).
From 11am to 4.30pm, the lifeboat station at Lane End will be open for visitors to view both the inshore and all-weather lifeboats and see the history of the lifeboat service on displays in the offshore boathouse.
The RNLI shop will be open, and there will be bric-a-brac stalls, sideshows and entertainment.
Lifeboat Guild members will be serving tea, coffee and refreshments, including home-made cakes.
There is a serious aspect as well with the accent firmly on safety in, on, or around the water. The RNLI Sea Safety stand will be present together with HM Coastguard and the lifeboat’s coastal safety officer.
There will also be a lifejacket clinic for boat users to have their lifejackets inspected and checked.
Visitors will be able to watch the Tamar class all-weather lifeboat and the ‘D’ class inshore lifeboat launch and carry out a demonstration display with a simulated rescue in front of the shoreline. This is always subject to operational availability.
The event is free, but money from donations, RNLI sales, and refreshments, goes towards the lifeboats.