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Old 03 October 2006, 06:17   #121
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As a crew member of Cowes Inshore Lifeboat the stats that have been provided are actually less than ours. On average the RNLI have launched per staion 41 times per year.

I have no knocks with the RNLI and am part of the sea safety team. However I cant really see what the argument is with independent lifeboats. Lets look at the Solent for example and the population of boats. Their are simply too many to be covered by the RNLI and that is why the Coastgurad has split the solent into areas where each rescue boat has its patrol and gets tasked too in an emergency.

With regards to funding we just as the RNLI do soley rely on contributions from the public, and have our own fund raising campaign, and certainly cannot have any lottery grants.

I think perhaps you should stop knocking the independents as one day especially if you are in the solent you may need one, having said that you may also need the RNLI

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During Cowes Week one year there was so many incidents that saw the RNLI's boats and all independent units tasked with further incidents being stacked according to priority !!
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May I just add aswell. When all hell lets lose their is no distinction between the RNLI and Private as we work together to get a job done. Lifeboat people are that way inclined and it realy doesnt matter what boat they are on.
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I had no idea JK had been knighted way to go Forameister, salutations for this bodacious recognition of services to the Oggin. So how much did you have to give Tony for it?
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The trouble is they are doing so much coporate stuff, that many times lifeboat crews on courses are still being put up in alternative accomodation
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The trouble is they are doing so much coporate stuff, that many times lifeboat crews on courses are still being put up in alternative accomodation
That'd grate a bit, I be off to the Humber again sometime soon to renew our launch key for the year with Humber Rescue which is our way of donating to them, there are more independants than one might at first think.
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The trouble is they are doing so much coporate stuff, that many times lifeboat crews on courses are still being put up in alternative accomodation
That's my worry - the RNLI is turning into a big corporate business - I wonder how long before they are offering fare paying thrill rides???
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The trouble is they are doing so much coporate stuff, that many times lifeboat crews on courses are still being put up in alternative accomodation
As a RNLI crew member I have not experianced this at all. Sun - Fri its all training accomodtion.

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