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Isle Of Wight Events Mark RNLI’s Bicentenary Year In 2024

The RNLI is creating additional events and activities on the Isle of Wight to commemorate rescues of the past, celebrate the work of today’s Lifeboat crews, and inspire the support and participation needed for the future.

This year has been declared one of the busiest on record for the Isle of Wight’s three RNLI Lifeboat Stations.

The RNLI was founded in 1824 but after 200 years the bravery and selflessness of its volunteer crews is still essential to save lives at sea.

The Isle of Wight Lifeboat Board was formed on 15 December 1859 to raise funds and call for the establishment of the Island’s first RNLI lifeboats at Brook and Brighstone.

For 2024, Island schools are being invited to nominate a class or group in Key Stages 1, 2, or 3, to build a mini lifeboat which can be tested in a ”float off” later in the year, while at the same time learning valuable water safety lessons and about the work of the RNLI.

Additionally, from January 1, amateur photographers – of all ages – are invited to submit digital images on the theme of “Island Seas – Splendour and Safety” to the Lifeboat Board’s dedicated RNLI website page.

The winners and their families will be invited on a bespoke tour of a lifeboat station as well as having their successful pictures on public display.

Isle of Wight events will include an Open Day at the Inshore Lifeboat Centre in East Cowes, with demonstrations and entertainment, and a service of commemoration at Brook Church – near the site of the Island’s first lifeboat station.

Details of these and other activities, both local and national, will be updated on the Isle of Wight Lifeboat Board’s website.

There will also be access to entry forms for the photographic and schools’ competitions, both of which will close on 31 July 2024.

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