A busy summer for Portsmouth’s lifeboat volunteers

ON THE WATER Lifeboats at the America's Cup
ON THE WATER Lifeboats at the America's Cup
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Aaron Gent from RNLI Portsmouth reflects back on the past few months and lets us know what’s in store for the rest of the year

During the spring the Portsmouth Atlantic 85 Class Lifeboat Norma T returned to station after an extensive winter upgrade.

Early on in the summer, both Portsmouth Lifeboats were requested to launch in the middle of the night, to search for a pair of elderly gentlemen who had not returned after launching several hours earlier, taking a dinghy out to retrieve their moored vessel.

The duo came into difficulty when the boat’s engine failed to start, leaving them adrift.

Both lifeboats launched around 12.30am and after about 30 minutes of searching the gentlemen and vessel were found clinging to the side of the Langstone harbour board’s boat being pulled towards the mouth of the harbour.

In June, both boats were requested to assist a father and son who had become stranded, after getting caught out by a fast falling tide. The rescue operation saw the lifeboats work alongside a specialist Coastguard mud unit to recover the pair across more than 100 metres of sticky Langstone Harbour mud.

In July the America’s Cup World Series came to Southsea and the Portsmouth and Bembridge Lifeboats were proud to be part of the event.

They spent four days giving displays and patrolling the waters, ensuring the race and spectator areas were kept safe and to provide a quick response for any potential incidents.

n RNLI Portsmouth Lifeboat Station’s 50th anniversary ball will take place on Friday, November 27.

Last year’s Christmas ball raised over £5,000 for charity and this year we hope that you can join us to make this an evening to remember.

Tickets are £75 per person and are available via Facebook – search for Portsmouth Lifeboat Station – e-mail portsmouthRNLIball@gmail.com or call 07850 787 146.

n Carols with the RNLI will be on Sunday, December 6 at 3pm at the Anglican Cathedral in Old Portsmouth.

A family service of readings and carols for everyone in the presence of the Ports-mouth Lifeboat Volunteer crew.

n Portsmouth RNLI Santa 5km and 10km fun runs will take place on Sunday, December 13 at 11am.

Visit fitprorob.biz for more details and to book a place for the runs.