A century of saving lives of those in peril on the sea off Hayling Island

More than 250 guests including current and former crew and their partners recently celebrated 100 years of RNLI rescue at Hayling Island.

Thursday, 19th May 2016, 6:00 am
The Hayling Island lifeboat Charlie and Adrian, which saw service between 1888 and 1914, pictured in 1900

About 40 boats took part in a sail-past and the Bishop of Portsmouth, the Rt Rev Christopher Foster, led the rededication of the station and its crew.

The vice-chairman of the RNLI, Stuart Popham, who is a Hayling resident, marked the occasion with a certificate on vellum.

He said: ‘As a local resident, a sailor, and the vice-chairman, it was a real honour to present the vellum recognising 100 years of life-saving service by so many dedicated Hayling Island volunteers.’

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The crew of Charlie and Adrian

A 17th century cannon from the Fort Cumberland Guard re-enactment group set the sail-past into action.

In the past century the Hayling lifeboat has been launched 2,762 times and rescued 1,802 people of whom 543 were lives saved.

A 1975 shot of Atlantic 21 B-511 funded by members of the Co-operative Women's Guild of Great Britain
The Atlantic 85 lifeboat, Derrick Battle, in action off Hayling in 2009. Picture: Andrew Filipinski
Olive Leaf being hauled to the water. She served from 1865 to 1888
The crew of Charlie and Adrian
A 1975 shot of Atlantic 21 B-511 funded by members of the Co-operative Women's Guild of Great Britain
The Atlantic 85 lifeboat, Derrick Battle, in action off Hayling in 2009. Picture: Andrew Filipinski
Olive Leaf being hauled to the water. She served from 1865 to 1888